Tuesday, January 11, 2022
The Fresh Prince receives a reboot
“Bel-Air” trailer presents the Banks family
A year ago it was announced that the ’90s series “The Prince of Bel-Air” is returning to the screen for a reboot. A new teaser of the special shows the Banks family and the newcomer Jabari Banks in his role as Fresh Prince for the first time.
In a teaser, fans have already got to know Jabari Banks as the new “Prince of Bel-Air”. The first official trailer “Bel-Air”, the reboot of the cult sitcom of the 90s, now shows the entire Banks family.
According to the trailer, the new edition tells the same story as “The Prince of Bel-Air” – the series with which Will Smith became a superstar from 1990 onwards. Young Will Smith (originally a fictionalized version of the real Smith) has an argument with a gang in the tough neighborhood of West Philadelphia. His mother sends him to his aunt Vivian in the posh Bel-Air district in Los Angeles. There, ghetto kid Will mixes up the snobs of Bel-Air with his easy-going, street-wise manner, especially his uncle Phil and his nerdy cousin Carlton.
Drama instead of sitcom in the new “Bel-Air”
The first trailer shows the entire new main cast in action: Adrian Holmes as Philip Banks, Cassandra Freeman (Vivian Banks), Olly Sholotan (Carlton Banks), Coco Jones (Hilary Banks), Akira Akbar (Ashley Banks), Jimmy Akingbola ( Geoffrey), Jordan L. Jones (Jazz) and Simone Joy Jones (Lisa). Visually, the new actors differ significantly from their predecessors. Especially butler Geoffrey, he turned into a muscle-bound beau in the reboot.
“Bel-Air” is based on a fan film by Morgan Cooper from the year 2019. In it, Cooper cut the opening credits of “The Prince of Bel-Air” in such a way that it went from sitcom to serious drama. Will Smith liked the idea so much that he and Cooper developed the reboot that is playing in our time. A firearm can be seen in the trailer during the confrontation before the Fresh Prince is taken away by the police. His criminal past is also mentioned repeatedly by the Banks family. “Bel-Air” starts on February 13, 2022 with the US streaming service Peacock.