Will Smits's acting career took off after he starred in the hit sitcom The Fresh Prine of Bel-Air. As probably all of us know, the show followed the life of a young man whose mom sent him away from West Philadelphia to go live with his wealthy family in Bel-Air. It became a massive success in the '90s, airing from 1990-1996. Now, a reboot titled Bel-Air is in the works. Here's everything you need to know.
Bel-Air will be available to stream on NBC's platform Peacock. The remake is starring Jabari Banks, taking on Smith's old character (no pressure). Based on the new trailer, this time, the show will take a more dramatic approach. The episodes will be longer than the original were: instead of 30 minutes long, they can now reach roughly an hour.
The teaser's description explained that the premise of Bel-Air is to focus more on what the original show started out as, "Will's complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air... With a reimagined vision." Instead of taking on the funny angle as The Fresh Prince did, this reboot 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 OG "Prince," Will Smith, serves as one of the executive producers for the series. Alongside T.J. Brady and Rasheed Newson, who said in a press conference, "At its heart, Bel-Air is a coming-of-age story that celebrates the strength and love of the Black family." Other actors who will be appearing are Adrian Holmes as Phillip Banks, Cassandra Freeman as Vivian Banks, Olly Shotan as Carlton, and more. "It's been incredible to bring these iconic characters to life when you tap them into the cultural pulse of our time," explained the executive producers.
But don't think the creators forgot to include the well-known theme song. It can be heard in the trailer, just in a way we may not have expected. This time around, it was used in a dramatized monologue given by the lead character. It seems like the show will be just as amazing as it was the first time around!
The highly anticipated series will be available to watch in 2022.