Taking inspiration from the evergreen Will Smith sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Peacock releases a Bel-Air reboot. Although the title seems similar, the show’s tone is quite different from the initial release.
Bel-Air stems from a video by Morgan Cooper that went viral on YouTube and caught the attention of Will Smith. The Hollywood star put his support and backing behind the young filmmaker. Now, Morgan Cooper serves as director, executive producer, and co-writer dedicated to the series with his help.
Interestingly, Will Smith is also an executive producer of the series.
Here is everything that we know so far about the release date, plot and cast of the Peacock production.
Bel Air Release Date
Earlier in 2021, Bel-Air was making the rounds for a release date and a grand premiere in 2022, although Peacock did not hint about the release date. We now have the exact date and trailer ahead of its release.
According to TV Line, Bel-Air will launch in the US on Peacock on Sunday, Feb. 13. That also happens to be Super Bowl Sunday, which NBC broadcasts.
The first episode of Bel-Air will be released on Peacock on Feb. 13, with the following episodes set to come out weekly.
Viewers can also watch the show on Peacock in the UK, and it is available exclusively on Sky and NOW at no additional cost, but the series will commence in the UK on Monday, Feb. 14, the day after its release in the US.
Bel Air Plot
In the Will Smith flick Fresh Prince, Smith is portrayed as a kid that went from growing up on the rough streets of Philadelphia to living in the mansion of his aunt and uncle. The Will Smith starrer was a half-hour 90’s sitcom that played on his big personality. While it did feature several various episodes dealing with gun violence, discrimination, and absentee fathers, it was first and foremost a satire.
The mansion is quite distinct from this, as it is distinctly a drama. The show will be an hour-long drama that keeps the primary hypothesis of the original show but transports it to modern-day America and dives deeper into the actual conflicts troubling a boy from West Philadelphia uprooting his life and pushing in with his upper-class relatives in California.
IMDb said that the honour to cast the role was given to actual Philadelphia native Jabari Banks, a completely fresh face as has not worked in films before. The anticipation of watching a new look in the industry is sure the talk of the town amongst people.
Peacock recently announced the other prominent cast members that will make up the Banks family in the show. They are:
- Adrian Holmes as Philip 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
- Simone Joy Jones as Lisa
Bel Air Trailer
Peacock has now released the official trailer for Bel-Air, and it’s a far cry from the ’90s sitcom FreshPrine of Bel-Air, starring Will Smith, in a good way. While the premise and characters remain the same, the trailer showcases a more dramatic and witty story that inches into comedy.
While fans gear up to watch the re-imagined movie, doing several rounds on the internet creates much excitement and anticipation. Viewers are excited to watch Jabari Banks in the role of Will Smith.