Peacock and Will Smith revealed on social media that newcomer and West Philadelphia local Jabari Banks has landed the lead role for the upcoming drama series Bel-Air, a reimagined series of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Set in modern-day America, Bel-Air is a serialised one-hour dramatic analogue of the 90’s sitcom that leans into the original premise: Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air. With a reimagined vision, Bel-Air will dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, emotions and biases that were impossible to fully explore in a thirty-minute sitcom format, while still delivering swagger and nods to the original show.
The series is based on Morgan Cooper’s popular fan film that re-envisioned the original series, leading to Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook Studios and Universal Television looking to develop the concept into a series, leading to it receiving a two-season order last year from Peacock.
T.J. Brady and Rasheed Newson serve as executive producers and co-showrunners on the series, while Cooper serves as co-writer and executive producer. Also executive producing are Will Smith, Quincy Jones, Terence Carter, James Lassiter, Miguel Melendez, Malcolm Spellman, Benny Medina and Andy and Susan Borowitz.