In 2019, Morgan Cooper uploaded a fan trailer to YouTube that tells a modernized version of 90’s classic The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Well, long story short, Will Smith saw the fan trailer and loved it so much that he wanted to develop a reboot with Cooper for Peacock, which debuts in 2022. And now, we have our first (official) teaser trailer.
“Set in modern-day America,” the official synopsis reads about the new series, simply titled Bel-Air, “Bel-Air is a serialized one-hour dramatic analogue of the 90’s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air that leans into the original premise: Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air. With a reimagined vision, Bel-Air 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 show will star Jabari Banks as the new lead, with a supporting cast including 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 and Simone Joy Jones as Lisa. Cooper is writer, director and executive producer alongside Smith.
T.J. Brady and Rasheed Newson, Executive Producers and Co-Showrunners, comment “We have stayed true to the original premise of the legacy series – Will’s life is turned upside down after he is forced to leave West Philly and lands in Bel-Air with its gated mansions and wealth, however, our new series brings Will and the Banks family into the world as we know it now. It’s been incredible to bring these iconic characters to life when you tap them into the cultural pulse of our time. The series was the fabric of so many of our upbringings, tied to memories and the joy of seeing ourselves represented on TV so it is important to us to pay respect to its legacy.”