Fresh Prince Has a New Look in Reboot of Will Smith Series

Peacock has released the first trailer for Bel-Air, its highly-anticipated reimagining of the iconic 90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The upcoming reboot will leave the short-comedy format in favor of a full-hour drama, and the new teaser already sets the more serious tone for the reimagining.

The trailer shows us Jabari Banks as the new Will, a young man who gets into trouble with criminal gangs and moves with his uncles in Bel-Air to rebuild his life. In the trailer, Banks falls into a pool, and all around him, we see the objects that are part of his story: basketballs, trophies, and ATVs. Banks finally sinks to a golden throne while a crown falls into his head, alluding to his new life in Bel-Air. Banks is also wearing Jordans as an homage to Will Smith’s sneakers in the original series.

While Banks floats in the pool, we can hear Smith narrating the lyrics of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s opening song. Each verse has new weight, underlining how the reboot will lean heavily on the drama of moving away and rebuilding your life instead of the comedic aspect of the situation.

RELATED:‌ Will Smith Reveals When He Knew It Was Time to End ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’

The upcoming series is based on Morgan Cooper’s viral fan film Bel-Air, released in 2019 as a reimagining of the original sitcom. The video went viral soon after its release, leading to the production of the reboot series. Cooper is executive producing Bel-Air alongside showrunners T.J. Brady and Rasheed Newson. Smith is also executive producing, along with original series creators Andy and Susan Borowitz, and original series producers Quincy Jones and Benny Medina. Additional executive producers include Terence Carter, James Lassiter, Miguel Melendez, and Malcolm Spellman.

Talking about the upcoming show, Bardy and Newson said:

“At its heart, Bel-Air is a coming-of-age story that celebrates the strength and love of the Black family. We have stayed true to the original premise of the legacy series - Will’s life is turned upside down after he is forced to leave West Philly and lands in Bel-Air with its gated mansions and wealth, however, our new series brings Will and the Banks family into the world as we know it now.”

Cooper also added:

“With this dramatic reimagining, we wanted to create a show that stands on its own while honoring the spirit and innovation of the original series. Because Bel-Air is a drama, we're able to really peel back the layers of these characters and themes in a way that you simply couldn't do 30 years ago in the half-hour sitcom format. We're able to go have tough conversations that challenge perspectives.”

Bel-Air’s cast also includes Adrian Holmes (At That Age, V Wars) as Phillip Banks, Cassandra Freeman (The Enemy Within, Atlanta) as Vivian Banks, Olly Sholotan (Run Hide Fight, Evolution of Nate Gibson) as Carlton Banks, Coco Jones (Let it Shine, Vampires vs. The Bronx) as Hilary Banks, Akira Akbar (We Can Be Heroes, Captain Marvel) as Ashley Banks, Jimmy Akingbola (Most Dangerous Game, In The Long Run) as Geoffrey, Jordan L. Jones (Rel, Snowfall) as Jazz, and Simone Joy Jones (The Chair, What If) as Lisa.

Bel-Air will come exclusively to Peacock sometime in 2022. The series has already been renewed for a second season even before its premiere. Check out the new trailer below.

Here’s Bel-Air's official synopsis:

Set in modern-day America, Bel-Air is a serialized one-hour dramatic analogue of the 90’s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air that leans into the original premise: Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air. With a reimagined vision, Bel-Air will dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, emotions and biases that were impossible to fully explore in a 30-minute sitcom format, while still delivering swagger and nods to the original show.

The Best Serious Moments in 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'

"How come he don't want me, man?"

Related Topics
About The Author
Marco Vito Oddo (829 Articles Published)

Marco Vito Oddo is a writer, journalist, and game designer. Passionate by superhero comic books, horror films, and indie games, he writes for Collider and develops games for Mother's Touch Games.

More From Marco Vito Oddo

You May Like Also

  • Will Smith Reveals When He Knew It Was Time to End ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’
  • The Best Serious Moments in 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' "How come he don't want me, man?" Read Next
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • New ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ Image Unmasks the Bounty Hunter
  • 'No Time to Die' Speeds Past 'F9' to Become Highest Grossing Hollywood Movie of the Pandemic
  • 'The Wheel of Time' Cast and Characters: A Guide to Amazon's Epic Fantasy Series
  • 'Ahsoka': Dave Filoni Describes "Thrilling" Writing Process for Live-Action Series
  • ‘Kena: Bridge of Spirits’ Getting Physical Release This Week
  • 'American Refugee' Trailer Reveals a Tense Survival Thriller From Blumhouse and Epix
  • ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania’ Has Wrapped Filming, Reveals Director Peyton Reed
  • 5 Great Recent Boxing Movies To Watch After 'Bruised'
  • Ridley Scott Reveals a Live-Action 'Blade Runner' TV Series Is in the Works
  • ‘Santa Inc.’ Trailer Reveals Stop-Motion Series With a Very Naughty Father Christmas Coming to HBO Max
  • Jenny Slate's 'Marcel the Shell With Shoes On' Movie Acquired by A24
  • New ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ TV Spots Feature Doc Ock, J. Jonah Jameson, and More Villains
  • 'The King's Man': New Trailer Reveals the History of the Spy Agency
  • How to Watch 'Venom: Let There Be Carnage': Is the Tom Hardy's Marvel Sequel Streaming, on Digital, or In Theaters?
  • 'Encounter' Trailer Shows Riz Ahmed's Fight to Save His Sons from Aliens and Himself
  • The Top 10 Main 'Resident Evil' Games, Ranked
  • 'Emily in Paris' Sets Release Date in Season 2 Trailer
  • 'Pac-Man Museum+' Trailer Brings 14 Games From the Iconic Franchise to One Convenient Compilation
  • Watch full movie for free, click here daily update 👉