‘Fresh Prince’ reboot turns up the drama in its first trailer

“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” the cherished comedy starring Will Smith that aired for 6 seasons in the 1990s, is formally returning — being restarted as just “Bel-Air” on Peacock, NBC’s streaming service. Peacock launched the very first trailer for the series on Monday and revealed it would start streaming on February 13.

However the brand-new program looks various than what fans of the original might anticipate. While that program was a half-hour comedy, “Bel-Air” is an hour-long drama, reimagining the preliminary story with a darker subtext.

“Set in modern-day America, Peacock’s new one-hour drama series Bel-Air reimagines the beloved sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air through a new, dramatic take on Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air,” a run-through for the program on YouTube checks out. “As these two worlds collide, Will … reckons with the power of second chances while navigating the conflicts, emotions, and biases of a world far different from the only one he’s ever known.”

Olly Sholotan as Carlton Banks, left, with Banks as Will in an episode from the upcoming season.

Though the signature tune for the initial program briefly explains why Will left West Philadelphia — “I got in one little fight and my mom got scared” — the trailer goes much deeper, portraying Will, now played by Jabari Banks, shooting gunshots into the sky, followed by law enforcement officer pushing his head into the concrete minutes later on. In this reboot, somebody from Will’s home town desires him dead, for this reason his escape to Bel Air.

There are other distinctions, too: Uncle Phil and Auntie Viv, for one, appear much more youthful in the brand-new series, and some users on social networks have actually questioned the casting of Adrian Holmes, who changes the late James Avery as the household patriarch. (One, albeit small, grievance: Holmes is just “too hot” to play the persistent, fatherly Uncle Phil.)

Another distinction? Cousin Carlton, played by Olly Sholotan, is not the exact same unpopular Alfonso Ribeiro with a token amusing dance. He’s practically cool — with toned biceps and a pal circle consisted of lacrosse gamers.

Something, however, stays the exact same. Smith is still included, though now as an executive manufacturer instead of the star. He submitted the trailer on his Instagram page following its launching, where it has actually now gotten more than 1 million views.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.