Fresh Prince fans, the official first trailer for Will Smith’s reboot of 1990s series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air has been released and oh it’s juicy! The drama new show, simply dubbed Bel-Air, features a street-smart teen from Philadelphia
who is transferred to live with his wealthy relatives in Bel Air, Los Angeles, for a shot at a better future, similar to the original series. Set to be released on February 13, here’s what we know so far about Bel-Air so far…
When is Bel-Air premiering? Bel-Air is set to premiere on February 13 on Peacock in the US. The show will stream on Sky/NOW for the UK sometime in February.
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Is there a trailer? Yes. The official trailer for Bel-Air is out now and can be watched on Will Smith’s YouTube channel.
Who’s in the cast of Bel-Air?
The official cast for Bel-Air has been announced and includes:
- Jabari Banks as Will Smith
- Adrian Holmes as Phillip Banks
- Cassandra Freeman as Vivian Banks
- Olly Sholotan as Carlton Banks
- Coco Jones as Hilary Banks
- Akira Akbar as Ashley Banks
- Jimmy Akingbola as Geoffrey
- Jordan L. Jones as Jazz
- Simone Joy Jones as Lisa
What’s the plot of Bel-Air? As seen in the trailer, the adolescent teenager got entangled with some local gangsters, shot a gun, and ended up in jail. Despite his relocation to Los Angeles, his problems appear to be far from over, as the evil people he left behind may come after him.
How did the show come about? Bel-Air was originally a short fan film written and directed by Morgan Cooper, based on the 1990s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
After Will Smith praised the trailer and hailed it a “brilliant idea, the dramatic version of The Fresh Prince for the next generation”, he decided make the series with his production company Westbrook Studios and Universal TV.
Netflix, HBO Max and Peacock were among the many hit platforms bidding to stream it, with Peacock reigning supreme. Andy and Susan Borowitz are said to be serving as executive producers, alongside Smith and original executive producers Quincy Jones and Benny Medina.
Will the original cast be in the show? Unfortunately, no. None of the original cast will appear in the reboot. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air originally ran from 1990 to 1996 on NBC. The show was produced by Quincy Jones, and Warner Bros. TV ( now known as Universal Television).
Will Smith originally starred as a fictionalised version of himself who moved in with his Uncle Phil (James Avery) and Aunt Viv (Janet Hubert-Whitten and later Daphne Maxwell Reid), and cousins Hillary (Karyn Parsons), Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro) and Ashley (Tatyana M. Ali) – and butler Geoffrey (Joseph Marcell) – after getting in a fight in his hometown.
Bel-Air is set to debut on February 13 in the US. Bel-Air will stream in February on Sky/NOW in the UK.