Get Ready to Return to West Philadelphia! Peacock released a new teaser for their highly anticipated one Prince of Bel Air Restart, Bel-Air, Tuesday, told by the original Prince of Philly, Will Smith. In the trailer for the reinterpreted drama series, we see newcomer Jabari Banks being thrown into the overwhelming and often opulent world of Bel-Air as “Will” while Smith’s voice recites the show’s theme song in the background.
Banks almost drowns under the pressure and wades his way through a pool full of remnants from his old life in Philly. As basketballs, a trophy, and quads float past him, a glittering crown indicates the possibility of a new life for the teenager. At the end of the clip, Banks is “finally there” to sit on his throne as none other than the Prince of Bel-Air.
Embedded in modern, Bel-Air is an hour-long dramatic adaptation of the ’90s sitcom starring Smith. The show will be based on the series’ original premise, following Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the mansions of Bel-Air. However, Bel-Air will delve deeper into the inherent conflict, emotion, and prejudice that could not possibly be fully explored in a 30-minute sitcom format, while still providing bragging rights and allusions to the original show, Peacock said in a September press release.
Morgan Cooper, director, co-writer and executive producer on the series, said the show will replace layers of otherwise comedic characters from the original ’90s sitcom.
“With this dramatic reinterpretation, we wanted to create a show that stands for itself and at the same time honors the spirit and innovation of the original series. Since Bel-Air is a drama, we can really peel off the layers of these characters and topics that 30 years ago just couldn’t be done in half-hour sitcoms, “Cooper said in a statement.” We are capable of hard conversations to lead who challenge perspectives. At its core, Bel-Air is a celebration of the black experience through a family perspective. “
With Banks cast as “Will” in the modern take on this classic coming-of-age story, co-showrunners and executive EPs TJ Brady and Rasheed Newson feel they have found the perfect person for the role.
“During the development of Bel-Air, the most daunting question was, could we find a young actor who would be able to step into the role of Will Smith? Well, did we ever find him? His name is Jabari Banks and he won our hearts the same way he won that role, “the couple said in the press release.” Our creative team, including Will Smith, has recognized that Jabari has the talent, charisma and embodies the sheer boast necessary to make this iconic role his own. “
It’s a feeling Smith echoed himself back in August when he turned the baton over to the young actor.
“From the bottom of my heart I want to congratulate you, you have the role of Will on Bel-Air“Smith said to Banks.
“You have a fantastic journey ahead of you and I look forward to being an asset to you in this process as you grow your life and career,” added Smith, calling on Banks to “have fun.”
While Bel-Air doesn’t have an official release date yet, it will hit the streamer next year.
More information about the series can be found below.
Reference from etonline