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Peacock Unveils Initial Preview for ‘Bel-Air’


Peacock Unveils Initial Preview for ‘Bel-Air’

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If you reminisce about the theme song from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and I challenge you to find someone who doesn’t, you will recall that Will was relocated to Bel-Air due to a confrontation with a gang on a basketball court in Philadelphia. While the original series portrayed this comically, in reality, such an incident would understandably cause concern among one’s family and potentially disrupt their life. So, what if Will’s family treated this incident with more gravity?

Today, Peacock, the streaming platform owned by NBC, unveiled the initial teaser for Bel-Air, a reinterpretation of the The Fresh Prince premise aimed at portraying young Will Smith’s story in a direct and serious manner. The series is based in the present day, incorporating all the societal changes that come with it, so while it may not be light-hearted, it will carry a significant message.

“You can depict this Black family facing challenges, but their love for each other is never in doubt — and there can be natural conflicts without being exaggerated or dark,” shared co-showrunner Rasheed Newson with Entertainment Weekly. “We are addressing the current times, much like the original series did. Young viewers will see reflections of their own disagreements with their parents in characters like Will, Carlton, and Hilary. Each generation must redefine the norms.”

Assuming the role of Will Smith from his real-life counterpart is Jabari Banks (an interesting coincidence in names) in one of his initial significant acting roles post-graduation. While stepping into Smith’s shoes is no small feat, the team is confident in Banks’ abilities.

“His charm and energy were simply infectious,” mentioned co-showrunner T.J. Brady to EW. “After viewing the first pilot edit, every single person exclaimed, ‘You’ve discovered a star.'”

Bel-Air is set to premiere on Peacock on February 13, 2022.

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