‘Bel-Air’: Peacock Releases Full Trailer For Upcoming Drama Based On ‘Fresh Prince’

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10 Jan 22

Streaming service Peacock has released the full trailer for Bel-Air, the upcoming dramatic retelling of ‘The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’, which is set to premiere at some point in 2022 on the UK streaming service. The series launching this February in the USA.

Set in modern-day America, 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.

If you don’t know the background to this story, it’s pretty remarkable! Now, this is a story all about how… YouTube filmmaker Morgan Cooper inspired original star and exec producer Will Smith to pitch a dramatic remake of the sitcom that made him famous to streaming services. Cooper created and filmed the short movie/trailer ‘Bel-Air’ that takes all the ideas from the sitcom but remixes them into a much darker, straight drama. Smith saw the video and loved the idea so much, he contacted Cooper about developing it into a full series via Westbrook Studios, the production company he owns with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.

Newcomer Jabari Banks takes over the role of Will, played by Smith in the original series. He is joined by Adrian Holmes (‘V-Wars’, ‘Continuum’) as Phillip Banks (played by James Avery on the original); Cassandra Freeman (‘Atlanta’) as Vivian Banks (originally played by Janet Hubert/Daphne Maxwell Reid); Olly Sholotan (‘Run Hide Fight’) as Carlton Banks (originated by Alfonso Ribeiro); Coco Jones (‘Five Points’, ‘Good Luck Charlie’) as Hilary Banks (originated by Karyn Parsons); Akira Akbar (‘Good Trouble’, ‘Captain Marvel’) as Ashley Banks (originated by Tatyana M. Ali); Jimmy Akingbola (‘Most Dangerous Game’, ‘In the Long Run’) as Geoffrey (originated by Joseph Marcell); Jordan L. Jones (‘Rel’) as Jazz (originated by DJ Jazzy Jeff); And Simone Joy Jones (‘The Chair’) as Lisa (originated by Nia Long).

T.J. Brady and Rasheed Newson (‘The Chi’, ‘The 100’) serve as executive producers and co-showrunners on the new series, which is directed, co-exec produced, and co-written by Morgan Cooper. Smith, Terence Carter, James Lassiter, Miguel Melendez, Malcolm Spellman, Quincy Jones, Benny Medina and Andy & Susan Borowitz also exec produce. Westbrook Studios and Universal Television (who own the copyright to the original series) will produce the drama.

For those of you unsure where to find Peacock UK, it is available exclusively to Sky Glass, Sky Q, Sky+, Sky Go and NOW (Entertainment Pass) customers. You’ll find it under the “Catch up TV” section on Sky, or just say “Peacock” into your voice remote.

Bel-Air‘ Season 1 premieres Monday, 14th February 2022, on Peacock UK which you can find on Sky and NOW. The drama airs Sunday, February 13th in the USA, also on Peacock.