A dramatic retelling of the original sitcom
Will Smith has teamed up with NBC’s streaming service Peacock for the drama reboot of his classic sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, arriving in 2022. The teaser is out.
Now let’s see what the show is about.
Changes on the show
The new version, Bel-Air, has been serialized into a one-hour dramatic analogue of the classic show, and takes place in modern-day America. The story was always about Will’s journey from the streets of Philadelphia to the high-class mansions of Bel-Air. The sitcom presented it humorously, while the new show will be a coming-of-age story, that “celebrates the strength and love of the Black family.” Don’t worry, it will still have some resemblances to the classic, even though things can look more real.
The series has T.J. Brady and Rasheed Newson (The Chi, The 100) as showrunners and executive producers, and they talked about staying true to the legacy of the show. They will be showing Will and the Banks family in a new light, shows various upbringings, and will evoke the nostalgia fans had from seeing Black representation on TV.
Cast and crew
The series is produced by Will and Jada Smith’s Westbrook Studios and Universal Television. Morgan Cooper has been roped in as co-writer and executive producer, along with Brady and Newson.
It stars Jabari Banks as Will, Adrian Holmes will be playing Phillip Banks, Cassandra Freeman will be 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 and Simone Joy Jones will be Lisa.
Check out Bel-Air’s teaser below, where Will Smith does a dramatic version about the show’s original theme song.