Fans now have a first look at the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot in a trailer that shows the 90s sitcom “flipped-turned upside down.”
Peacock debuted the trailer for Bel-Air on Monday, a highly-anticipated reimagining of the iconic show that put Will Smith on the map.
This time around, Jabari Banks stars as the new Will. The storyline is similar to the original: Will gets into trouble in his hometown of Philadelphia and has to live with his aunt and uncle in the affluent Los Angeles neighbourhood of Bel-Air.
“This town will try to make you forget who you are or where you came from. Don’t let it do that,” a voice tells Will at the beginning of the trailer.
However, the reboot departs from the mostly lighthearted mood of the original sitcom in an hour-long drama that sets a darker tone.
The trailer shows a modern-day adaptation that doesn’t sugar-coat the “one little fight” Will got into on the basketball court in Philly.
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Still, fans will surely feel nostalgia seeing their fave characters on screen again, including the family’s uptight butler, Geoffrey, played by Jimmy Akingbola; the family fashionista, Hilary Banks, played by Coco Jones; and everyone’s favourite uncle, Phillip Banks, played by Adrian Holmes.
Carlton Banks is the opposite of his nerdy 90s counterpart, shown as the popular jock in the trailer.
In a post on Instagram, Will Smith explained how the show came to be.
“Here it is!! Our first trailer for “Bel-Air,” almost three years after @cooperfilms uploaded his self-made trailer on YouTube!” the caption reads.
Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, are producing the show through Westbrook Studios, which received a two-season order in September 2020.