The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is back with a reboot and they have finally picked their cast!
The concept will still be the same, a teen from West Philly moving in with his wealthy aunt and uncle to a Los Angeles neighborhood....but this time there will be drama.
“They ordered two full seasons of Bel-Air based on the quality of the pitch and the work that you’ve done. I am hyped,” original star Will Smith revealed to the show’s new team in September 2020.
Morgan Cooper is the director, co-writer and executive producer of the new series. Cooper was able to catch Smith’s attention with his four-minute film trailer for its deeper, more serious rendition of Will Smith's hit show.
“That’s what really clicked in my mind when I saw the trailer that Morgan did. The concepts in theFresh Prince of Bel-Airreimagined as a drama. A real kid from West Philadelphia, modern day. A Black family in Bel Air,” Smith, who is also an executive producer on the upcoming show, explained at the time. “The Carlton character, modern day: a Black, young republican. What’s the Hilary character in a world of Instagram and social media? What does that become? Uncle Phil, a Black lawyer turned judge. Aunt Viv, a professional woman that decided to raise her family and now that her kids are older making her way back. All of that stuff is so rich.”
The show will air on Peacock and is expected to arrive in 2022.