Jabari Banks takes on the role of Will Smith in the Fresh Prince reboot, Bel-Air. The creators of the show have just released the second trailer, and it seems that the original theme song has changed in a big way.
The original theme song is more realistic and grittier in the new show.
In the original sitcom, Will Smith rapped about the situations that resulted in him living with his uncle and aunt in Bel-Air. He talked about how he was brought up in West Philadelphia.
The character then talks about getting into a fight on a basketball court which scares his mom into sending him to live in California for his own safety.
Although the new show has the same back story, there is a darker twist. In this show, the fight at the basketball court seems more dangerous and realistic, with a risk of turning into a gun battle.
Consequently, rather than a mom's overreaction, this time, Will Smith is actually in danger when she decides to send him away to California.
In addition to Jabari Banks, other stars to appear in the show include Adrian Holmes, Coco Jones, Akira Akbar, Cassandra Freeman, and Olly Sholotan.
From the recently released trailer, it seems that the new show has every intention of adhering to the structure of the original story very closely. Nevertheless, there will be a darker side being explored in the show.
The idea is to demonstrate how the story would have turned out if the events in the original version had taken place in a more natural setting. Bel-Air faces the challenge of addressing race and class issues decades after the original sitcom was released.
Needless to say, opinions and standards about such issues have changed considerably since the original show aired for the first. This is something the makers of this series have to take into consideration.
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air put Will Smith on the map. The show followed the life of his character, also known as Will Smith, as he lived in a Southern Californian neighborhood.
Will Smith helped Morgan Cooper create a reimagination of the series, which has now been turned into a gritty drama. The show is set to stream on Peacock, NBC's streaming service.
If everything goes according to plan, the first season of the show will start airing during the Super Bowl Sunday.
Peacock has so much faith in the new series that they have already renewed it for a second season although it is yet to start airing.