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New Bel-Air Trailer Shows a Darker Side Of the Fresh Prince

A brand new Bel-Air trailer is here, revealing the darker and edgier approach the series will be taking to the Fresh Prince.

The new three-minute trailer features main character Will Smith as he moves in with his auntie and uncle in Bel-Air for “one more chance.” The trailer reveals how it will be more of a prestige drama than sitcom, with Will Smith as a troubled kid from West Philly trying to adapt to life in Southern California.

The new series stars Jabari Banks, a West Philadelphia native who will play the character portrayed by Will Smith from 1990 to 1996. Smith himself surprised Banks with the news in a video that quickly went viral.

This follows reports last year that Peacock was intending to move in a “slightly different creative direction” with a “broad-skewing network-style show.” Instead, the trailer depicts Bel-Air as the “edgy, premium series” it was originally intended to be. The first teaser, which features a dramatic recreation of the original’s iconic theme song, was probably a clue regarding the show’s direction.

Bel-Air debuts on February 13, putting it on Super Bowl Sunday.

By Kat Bailey

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