It is called ‘Bel-Air’, it will be released in 2022 and it has a completely renewed cast. It maintains the elements of the original series, but it will change the tone and it will be more drama than comedy.
The first ‘teaser’ of Bel Air, the ‘reboot’ of The prince of Bel Air, shows the new Will Smith, now played by Jabari Banks, reciting the first verse of the mythical header, but the reality is that, far from making us die of nostalgia, what it shows is that the modern version of the mythical ‘sitcom’ will be far from the original.
“This is a story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down,” raps Will Smith’s successor in front of the ‘reboot. A well-known phrase that may resonate more strongly in your head if we change it for its version in Spanish: “Now listen to the story of my life and how fate changed my move”. The tone, absolutely different, is a mirror of the change of tone that fiction will experience, which will premiere in Peacock -NBC’s ‘streaming’ platform – on the other side of the pond and that still does not have a chain or associated platform in Spain.
The ‘teaser’ that heads this news is the first video trailer of the series since the ‘reboot’ of The prince of Bel Air came true and the stanzas of the original intro are not the only nod to the famous 90s comedy. In it, we also see its protagonist crowning himself on his throne as The Prince of Bel Air, but that being “the same” is perceived at the same time in such a different way, it seems similar to the feeling we will have when it sees the light in 2022. Thus, what started as a project full of nostalgia becomes its own product, adapted to our days and from a new genre that allows it to explore themes that its predecessor could only pass over.
It’s funny that the first ‘teaser’ of Bel Air bet directly on making a tribute to the mythical header, since, in addition, what in it is related is, basically, the main plot of the series. In it, Will Smith, a young man of the current generation, moves from the streets of West Philadelphia to live with his uncles in a gigantic mansion in an affluent neighborhood of Bel-Air.
With a reinvented vision, “reads the official synopsis,” Bel-Air will dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, emotions, and prejudices that were impossible to fully explore in a 30-minute sitcom format, while still offering nods to the original series
To tell the story, Bel-Air has opted to repeat the characters of the original series, but obviously changing its entire main cast. The most important of them all, of course, is Will Smith, now played by the young unknown Jabari Banks. The video of his choice, with Will Smith being in charge of breaking the news to him, went viral a few months ago, so his face may sound familiar to you. The rest of the names that complete the cast are Adrian Holmes and Cassandra Freeman, as Phil and Viv Banks, respectively, and Olly Sholotan and Akira Akbar as the new Carlton and Ashley.
“When I was growing up, people always told me that I looked like Will and his energy.”Jabari Banks recently commented in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “When they chose me, it took me a couple of weeks to realize that they chose me because of me, because of what I do. I just had to lean on my instincts and everything I’ve done. I learned from my experiences and there are many parallels between Will. , the character, and me “.
You can meet the entire cast below.