Attention, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air fans: The hit ’90s comedy is getting a major reboot over at Peacock, but don't expect quite the same number of laughs.
This new version, titled Bel-Air, will be tonally different from the original, as viewers are offered a “dramatic take on Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air.” Newcomer Jabari Banks will be filling the role previously played by Will Smith, however Smith will act as an executive producer on the series.
The idea for a more dramatic retelling of Fresh Prince first came about in 2019, when a fan of the series, Morgan Cooper, wrote and directed a trailer around the idea that he uploaded to YouTube. The film caught the eye of various producers, which led to a bidding war where Peacock ultimately won and gave the series an immediate 2-season order.
And now that we finally have our first look at the series, it definitely seems worth all the hype.