The first full trailer for “Bel-Air,” the reimagined spin-off of “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” is here – and this time around, there’s certainly no hint of a laugh.
The new hour-long series, which premieres February 13 on Peacock, is a far more dramatic affair than its 1990s sitcom predecessor, as we learned from its first trailer in November.
In the new, longer trailer, released Monday, Will, played by newcomer Jabari Banks, grapples with changes after moving from West Philadelphia to his aunt and uncle’s house in the neighborhood. chic of Bel-Air. But the stakes for him are clearly riskier than they were for the original Will, played by Hollywood star Will Smith.
“This town will try to make you forget who you are or where you came from,” a friend said to Will in a voiceover at the start of the trailer. “Don’t let him do that.”
Viewers watch Will greet his Aunt Vivian (Cassandra Freeman) and cousin Hilary (Coco Jones) after walking through the doors of their mansion. As he changed into an elegant loaner suit and welcomed his uncle Phillip (Adrian Holmes) to the grounds of the estate, tension mounts.
“I’m glad you’re safe. We’ll talk later,” Phillip said to Will in a mysterious whisper.
Will also reconnects with his cousin Carlton (Olly Sholotan) on the outside, but their reunion is strained. In the midst of forced chatter, Carlton said with a sneer, “I hope one day we can talk about why you are really here.”
Carlton’s remark gives images of the problems Will faced in Philly. In a flashback fight scene, Will is seen shooting a gun into the air before the cops appear and nail him to the asphalt.
In Bel-Air, Will tries to adjust to his new private school blazer and his posh, wealthy classmates, while Carlton tells him to “keep his head down” to fit in.
“You know I’m going to represent West Philly wherever I go,” Will replies.
But as those around him, including his aunt and uncle, express doubts about his ability to thrive in Bel-Air, Will begins to doubt himself, too. Near the end of the trailer, Will is seen fleeing the mansion with a gym bag in his hand.
This contemporary take on the “Fresh Prince” story was inspired by a captivating 2019 viral fan flick, also referred to as “Bel-Air,” created by Morgan Cooper. Cooper is now a director, co-writer and executive producer of the new series.
“With this dramatic re-imagining, we wanted to create a show that stands out while honoring the spirit and innovation of the original series,” Cooper said in a press release in November.
“Because ‘Bel-Air’ is a drama, we’re able to really break down the layers of these characters and themes in a way that you just couldn’t do 30 years ago in the sitcom format of a half. -time. We can have difficult conversations that challenge outlook. At its core, “Bel-Air” is a celebration of the black experience through the perspective of a family. “
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