What better way to show how “Bel-Air” differs from its inspiration, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” than by showing a completely different take on the iconic theme song?
As seen in the new teaser for “Bel-Air,” the new drama series coming to Peacock next year, we hear a spoken-word version of the rap song performed as the theme for ‘Fresh Prince.’ The spoken-word aspect shows just how “Bel-Air” is a dramatic retelling of the story of a young boy from Philadelphia sent to California to live with his wealthy Uncle.
“Bel-Air” stars Jabari Banks, Adrian Holmes, Cassandra Freeman, Olly Sholotan, Coco Jones, Akira Akbar, Jimmy Akingbola, Jordan L. Jones, and Simone Joy Jones. The series is co-showrun by T.J. Brady and Rasheed Newson. Morgan Cooper handles the direction and co-writing duties. And yes, “Bel-Air” is executive produced by Will Smith, alongside Terence Carter, James Lassiter, Miguel Melendez, Malcolm Spellman, Quincy Jones, Benny Medina, and Andy & Susan Borowitz.
“Bel-Air” is set to arrive on Peacock in 2022. You can watch the teaser below.
Here’s the synopsis:
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.