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Bel-Air, Is A Darker, Grittier Fresh Prince

3 years ago, Morgan Cooper uploaded his fan trailer to YouTube, showing how he envisioned the Fresh Prince as a drama. Bel-Air will finally air on Peacock from 13 February 2022… and it looks good.

Since its announcement fans of the ’90s favourite, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, have been waiting to see how, and what format, the new show would take. The news was met with apprehension as, with many reboots, remakes and revivals, they never seem to be able to (re)capture the essence of what made the original so popular.

Fresh Prince was a story all about how Will’s (Will Smith) life got flipped-turned upside down, after a couple of guys started making trouble in his neighbourhood. He got in one “little” fight, his mom got scared and sent him to stay with his Auntie and Uncle in Bel-Air.

It was a light-hearted coming of age story, wrapped in a sitcom format that was ’90s-appropriate. From what we see in the trailer, the new Bel-Air takes a grittier turn that’s probably more suitable for today’s audience.

While the names remain the same, Will (Jabari Banks), the Banks family – Uncle Phil (Adrian Holmes), Aunt Viv (Cassie Damsel), Carlton (Olly Sholotan), Hilary (Coco Jones), Ashley (Akira Akbar), and Geoffrey (Jimmy Akingbola), together with Lisa (Simone Joy Jones) and Jazz (Jordan L. Jones), the characters themselves get an update that’s more suited to the one-hour drama format, rather than a half-hour sitcom.

The trailer itself manages to shed more light, and provide a lot more information, on the “one little fight” than the entire run of the original.

One thing that remains the same though is that Will Smith is still very much involved in the project and is an Executive Producer.

Bel-Air will be available on Peacock from 13 February 2022.