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10th Jan 2022

WATCH: The official trailer for the gritty Fresh Prince remake just dropped

Hugh Carr

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Now this is the story all about how…

It’s hard to believe that this is real.

It all started when Morgan Cooper made a mock trailer for a gritty, HBO style remake of the 90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Original star Will Smith caught wind of the fan project, and has stepped in as executive producer for Bel-Air along with Cooper.

Several streaming services such as HBO Max and Netflix hoped to broadcast the show, but it was NBC’s Peacock which gained exclusive rights to the project.

The original series told the story of Will Smith (the character, not the actor) being sent from his home of west Philadelphia to live with his Aunt Viv and Uncle Phil in the lavish surroundings of Bel-Air.

The new series looks to take a reason as to why Will was forced to leave Philly in the first place, with threats of gang violence driving the young teen to flee for his life.

The whole family features in the new official trailer shared by Will Smith (the actor, not the character. We know, it’s confusing.) on Youtube on Monday (10 January).

Carlton, Geoffrey, and the Banks sisters all appear in the trailer, with Will experiencing all the hardships of a new school, new friends, and the threat of what waits for him back in Philadelphia looming over his shoulder.

Smith struggles to adjust to the new school life in the trailer, where his laid-back west Philly attitude is frowned upon by the academic elite.

Jabari Banks plays the Fresh Prince, with Adrian Holmes (The Boys, Supernatural) starring as father figure Uncle Phil, and Cassandra Freeman (Atlanta, Luke Cage) as Aunt Viv.

Bel-Air will be available from Monday, 14 February on Peacock via Sky and the NOW Entertainment Pass.

You can check out the full trailer here.

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