This here’s a story all about how…the Hollywood reboot machine targeted The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Peacock’s contemporary reimagining of the classic 90s sitcom just announced its core cast. The streamer previously revealed newcomer Jabari Banks would play the lead Will (Will Smith’s character in the original series). Today, we learned who else will fill out the Banks family and friends.
The Bel-Air cast includes:
Adrian Holmes (At That Age, V Wars) as Philip Banks (previously played by James Avery)
Cassandra Freeman (The Enemy Within, Atlanta) as Vivian Banks (previously played by Janet Hubert and Daphne Maxwell Reid)
Olly Sholotan (Run Hide Fight, Evolution of Nate Gibson) as Carlton Banks (previously played by Alfonso Ribeiro)
Coco Jones (Let it Shine, Vampires vs. The Bronx) as Hilary Banks (previously played by Karyn Parsons)
Akira Akbar (We Can Be Heroes, Captain Marvel) as Ashley Banks (previously played by Tatyana Ali)
Jimmy Akingbola (Most Dangerous Game, In The Long Run) as Geoffrey (previously played by Joseph Marcell)
Jordan L. Jones (Rel, Snowfall) as Jazz (previously played by DJ Jazzy Jeff)
Simone Joy Jones (The Chair, What If) as Lisa (previously played by Nia Long)
Set in modern-day America, Bel-Air is a serialized one-hour dramatic analogue of the 90’s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air that leans into the original premise: Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air. With a reimagined vision, Bel-Air will dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, emotions and biases that were impossible to fully explore in a 30-minute sitcom format, while still delivering swagger and nods to the original show.
Peacock picked up Bel-Air following the success of Morgan Cooper’s viral fan film, which you can watch below.