I was today years old when I learned that The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air is being rebooted. I'm not entirely sure the beloved 90's comedy needs to be reimagined as a more intense dramatic piece of work, but if Will Smith himself is on board? We probably need to have some faith in both the show and its casting.
Which brings us to the big news. As announced by Will Smith himself, newcomer Jabari Banks will play "Will" in The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air reboot, which will be titled simply Bel-Air. How many times can you put "will" in a sentence before it gets too confusing?
What's really quite sweet about this is that Smith surprised Banks with the news and managed to get it on video. Below, you can see what it looks like when a young actor receives a piece of truly life-changing news. I feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Bel-Air will follow the same basic premise as the original sitcom. Will (played by Banks) will is sent away by his mum in an attempt to give him a better life. As such, he moves (via rare cab) from the streets of West Philadelphia to the upper class world and gated mansions of Bel-Air to pursue opportunities he may never have had in his previous life.
Each episode of the new series will be an hour long, and dive more into the dramatic ramifications of Will's attempts to reconcile his past with his new life. The reboot is actually based on an incredibly popular fan short by Morgan Cooper that reimagined the original series. You can watch that here for some idea of what to expect.
Cooper will serve as director on the series, and is also co-showrunner alongside T.J. Brady and Rasheed Newson (The Chi, The 100). The show, which has already been picked up for two seasons for NBC's Peacock streaming service, is a joint production between Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith's Westbrook Studios and Universal Television. There's no air date at for the show at the time of writing.
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