Contemporary Prince Reboot: Meet Jabari Banks, the Star Taking Over Will Smith’s Iconic Function

West Philadelphia native Jabari Banks has formally been forged to play Will in Peacock’s Contemporary Prince reboot, BEL-AIR. See the younger actor’s response to Will Smith telling him the information!

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BEL-AIR has discovered its new boy! 

On Tuesday, Aug. 31, Peacock introduced that West Philadelphia “born and raised” star Jabari Banks will take over Will Smith‘s iconic Fresh Prince of Bel-Air position within the prequel collection.

The reimagined reboot takes the present’s famed theme tune fairly actually: “now this can be a story all about how, my life received flipped-turned the other way up, and I might wish to take a minute, simply sit proper there, I will inform you how I turned the prince of a city known as Bel-Air…” 

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Smith personally stunned Banks through video chat with the information of his casting. “From the deepest components of my coronary heart, I wish to say congratulations to you,” Smith advised Banks in a touching clip. “You could have the position of Will on BEL-AIR.” 

Banks mentioned in shock, “I am so prepared. I am able to chunk down.” 

See his lovely response within the video beneath and learn the way Banks’ father helped him audition!

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Cast, Then and Now

Banks, a College of the Arts in Philly graduate, can also be an achieved songwriter, singer, rapper and basketball participant.  

BEL-AIR is a drama series primarily based on cinematographer Morgan Cooper‘s 2019 viral fan film trailer. The one-hour family drama which can be set in modern-day America and tells the tense story of why Will (Banks) relocated from West Philadelphia to California.

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Per an official description, BEL-AIR “will dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, feelings and biases that had been inconceivable to totally discover in a 30-minute sitcom format, whereas nonetheless delivering swagger and nods to the unique present.”

The present has already picked up for two seasons by Peacock however its premiere date was pushed again to 2022 after a showrunner shake-up

“We now have simply formally closed the deal with Peacock with an unprecedented two-season-order from a pitch,” producer Smith shared with Cooper in a earlier YouTube video. “I have been on this enterprise for 30 years and that doesn’t occur. They ordered two full seasons of BEL-AIR primarily based on the standard of the pitch and the work that you just guys have finished. So, I wish to say congratulations. I’m hyped.”

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2021 TV Premiere Dates

Cooper, who plans to direct, co-write and co-executive produce the drama, moreover mentioned that he desires to “peel again the layers of those iconic characters and discover this world in a very unforgettable manner.”  

BEL-AIR comes from Common Tv and Smith’s Westbrook Studios, with co-showrunners T.J. Brady and Rasheed Newson additionally serving as govt producers together with Smith, Terence Carter, James LassiterMiguel MelendezMalcolm SpellmanQuincy Jones, Benny Medina, and Andy and Susan Borowitz.

(E! and Peacock are each a part of the NBCUniversal household.)

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