The first trailer for Bel-Air, the dramatic re-imagining of 90’s television hit The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has dropped. It features Jabari Banks as he portrays Will. The series is based on a fan film that went viral with the more serious take on the idea.

The trailer was released by Peacock, the streaming service that will host the new Bel-Air series. The show was greenlit for two seasons and Will Smith is an executive producer.

The trailer shows Will underwater. He is awash in a sea of material possessions. He then sees a crown and a thrown. As he descends to the throne, the crown lands on his head and he smiles. That’s how he became the prince of a town called Bel-Air, at least in the trailer. Will Smith narrates the lyrics to the original theme over the imagery.

The series is described as a deeper dive than a 30-minute sitcom could take into the lives of the characters. While the original series did tackle some serious issues, the one-hour drama format will allow for more meat on the bone. It’s an intriguing formula.

Morgan Cooper, director of the fan film that inspired the series, is serving as co-writer, director, and executive producer. Showrunners include T.J. Brady and Rasheed Newson. Smith introduced newcomer Jabari Banks as Will over the summer.

Will Smith has been taking on a lot lately. Not only is he producing the show, but he also recently released his memoir, “Will.” The candid book includes plenty of crazy stories, including Will borrowing money from a drug dealer and his jealousy over Tupac Shakur. You can check out the new trailer as well as the fan film that kickstarted this whole project below.

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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