The first footage from “Bel-Air” was shared on Monday (Jan. 10) in a new trailer for the anticipated reboot. The Peacock series, which is a dramatic remake of the popular Will Smith-fronted “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” airs on the platform next month.
In the new trailer released on Monday, fans got a first look at some of the show’s cast, including Jabari Banks, who stars as Will; Adrian Holmes; Cassandra Freeman; Olly Sholotan; Coco Jones; Akira Akbar; Jimmy Akingbola; Jordan L. Jones and Simone Joy Jones.
The trailer begins with Will receiving a piece of advice about his new Los Angeles dwellings: “This town will try to make you forget who you are and where you came from,” his best friend Jazz says. “Don’t let it do that.”
The hour-long “Bel-Air” is based on Morgan Cooper’s popular fan film of the same name that reimagined the original “Fresh Prince” with a dramatic twist. Cooper serves as director, executive producer and co-writer for “Bel Air,” which hails from Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s Westbrook Studios and Universal Television. The show has already been renewed for a second season.
On Twitter, fans of the original “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” reacted to the upcoming reboot.
Others were not here for the dramatic changes.
“Taking a beloved, lighthearted, comedy from the 90s and making it a DARK EDGY REBOOT is the most 2020s thing they could’ve done,” one person tweeted. “Look, ‘Fresh Prince’ dealt with some heavier material from time to time, but at its core it was just about family. IDK what this is supposed to be.”
Others online were excited about the reboot.
“This actually looks 100 times better than the original ‘Fresh Prince’ oh my,” one person tweeted.
The first three episodes of “Bel-Air” will premiere on Peacock on Feb. 13 with new episodes of the show airing weekly on the platform. See the trailer and reactions on Twitter below.
First trailer for the ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ reboot has been released.
Hitting Peacock on February 13th. Thoughts?pic.twitter.com/kKxxRpXD4B
— Lights, Camera, Pod (@LightsCameraPod) January 10, 2022
Im a lil conflicted on this. It looks interesting but I liked the fun nature of Fresh Prince. Def gonna check it out… what ya’ll think?
— Gold Chain Gamer ⚡️ (@Sincere_GCG) January 10, 2022
Believe me, I know what they’re trying to do but they should just do it and not attach it to Fresh Prince https://t.co/jz1W4LO1XH
— A A R O N (@logikUK) January 10, 2022
This is All American with a Fresh Prince filter 😭 https://t.co/VDUZRtjhSE
— simply syd 💕 (@Itsprincesssyd_) January 10, 2022
‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ reboot is a ONE-HOUR DRAMA. That means there are less jokes and no laugh track. I really want some of y'all to understand things before typing. This is a different take on the show.
— MoneybaggHo (@KirkWrites79) January 10, 2022
Jay Blac and Eazy the Block Captain in the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Remake.
That's final stage boss shit. Proud.
— Tony Bro (@ToneQapo) January 10, 2022
So this reboot actually has some history, as it's based on a fan trailer from 2019 by the same name. A fan-made this as a short film, and basically Will Smith loved it so much that he bought the rights.
But note how the original trailer FEELS like Fresh Prince in some style. pic.twitter.com/W4OY64qhSo
— Quinton Reviews🎬 (@Q_Review) January 10, 2022
Could’ve easily made a whole new show instead of attaching this to the fresh prince ☹️ https://t.co/exdrorv0hz
— 💋 (@price0fwoke) January 10, 2022
So the Fresh Prince reboot is All American with a budget.
— The Sri Lanka (@JasmeanMachine) January 10, 2022
Taking a beloved, lighthearted, comedy from the 90s and making it a DARK EDGY REBOOT is the most 2020s thing they could’ve done. Look, Fresh Prince dealt with some heavier material from time to time, but at its core it was just about family. IDK what this is supposed to be. https://t.co/J0WIdbcL66
— DOMINVS ORBIS TERRARVM (@DominvsT) January 10, 2022
You all have very short memories. This is happening because of a fan video of a dramatic remake of the Fresh Prince that went viral on here. Niggas literally rooted and asked for this 😭😭😭😭 https://t.co/VWIwD63iLv
— Comorienne 🇰🇲 (@_ShamGod) January 10, 2022
oh word? Uncle Phil is frat in the new Fresh Prince pic.twitter.com/J1XzqzbQUA
— 🇷🇼🇸🇿 Hussle & Motivate (@315Ness) January 10, 2022
This actually looks 100 times better than the original fresh Prince oh my https://t.co/Pp4VoljTZN
— Shayan 🦋 (@Echidnuh) January 10, 2022