A new trailer for the remake of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is out, and it’s all about the drama. The new series, simply titled Bel-Air, will premiere on Peacock next year, and based on the teaser published on Tuesday, it appears to be a lot more serious than the original.
The original series’ story of a kid from west Philadelphia relocating to a mansion in Bel-Air will be reimagined in a gritty manner in Bel-Air. The new teaser even includes a dramatic monologue of the renowned theme song’s lyrics, which is slowed down. The original series never shied away from serious subjects, but it was always a situation comedy at its core. The stories on Bel-Air appear to be more dramatic, and individual episodes are expected to be longer.
The series’ debut teaser, which was just released, provides viewers a taste of the series’ mellow tone, replete with sad narration from Will Smith himself.
If you recognize Will Smith‘s line readings, it’s because he’s quoting his younger self. Rather than rapping, the King Richard star is reading the vibrant lyrics from the 1990s series, which detailed the events surrounding his cross-country trip. The minute-long trailer has no footage from the presently filming Bel-Air, but it does give us a good look at the new Fresh Prince, Jabari Banks, who is making his professional acting debut on the programme. Banks, like his predecessor, is a West Philadelphia native who played basketball outside of school and is an accomplished rapper. The trailer concludes with him ascending to the throne of Bel-Air as the new Prince.
The teaser’s YouTube description reads, “Bel-Air will dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, emotions, and biases that were impossible to full explore in a 30-minute sitcom format, while still delivering the swagger and nods to the original show.”
Will Smith serves as executive producer of the new Peacock series, which stars Jabari Banks in his first TV show, in the role that launched Smith’s career.
Will’s uncle Philip Banks will be played by Adrian Holmes, his cousin Carlton will be played by Olly Sholotan, and his aunt Vivian will be played by Cassandra Freeman.
Bel-Air will premiere on Peacock sometime in 2022.