Paris, 2022-01-11 10:14:38. Reboot of ‘Fresh Prince’ shows drama in its first trailer
Bel-Air’s iconic Fresh Prince gets a fresh new look, 30 years later.
“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” the beloved comedy starring Will Smith that aired for six seasons in the ’90s, is officially back — simply rebooting as “Bel-Air” on Peacock, the NBC streaming service. Peacock released the first trailer for the series on Monday and announced that it will begin broadcasting on February 13.
But the new show looks different than what fans of the original might expect. While this show was a half-hour sitcom, “Bel-Air” is an hour-long drama, reimagining the initial story with a darker subtext.
“Peacock’s new drama Bel-Air reimagines the beloved sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air with a new, dramatic experience of Will’s complex journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the walled mansions of Bel-Air,” He reads the summary of the show on YouTube. “As these two worlds collide, Will calculates…
Although the original show’s lead song succinctly describes why Will left West Philadelphia — “I had a little fight and my mom dreaded” — the trailer goes deeper, depicting Will, now played by Jabari Banks, shooting into the sky, followed by police officers pushing his head In concrete moments later. In this reboot, someone from Will’s hometown wants him dead, hence his escape to Bel Air.
There are other differences, too: Uncle Phil and Aunt Viv, for example, appear younger in the new series, and some users on social media have questioned the choice of Adrian Holmes, who replaced the late James Avery as the family patriarch. (One complaint, albeit a minor one: Holmes is simply “too hot” to play the stubborn father, Uncle Phil.)
Another difference? Cousin Carlton, played by Ole Shulotan, is not the same as Alfonso Ribeiro who is obsessed with a hilarious dance. He’s almost awesome – with well-proportioned biceps and a circle of friends made up of lacrosse players.
One thing, though, remains the same. Smith is still involved, despite being an executive producer rather than a star. He uploaded the trailer to his Instagram page after its debut, where it has now received over a million views.
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