Peacock’s Highly Anticipated ‘Bel-Air’ Reboot Finds its Cast

Today, Peacock’s highly anticipated drama series Bel-Air, the contemporary reimagining of the dope ass and culture defining ’90s sitcomhas announced its full main cast. The serialized reboot comes courtesy of director Morgan Cooper’s viral fan film Bel-Air from 2019, with T.J. Brady and Rasheed Newson on board as co-showrunners.

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West Philly Local Jabari Banks to Star as Will Smith in Peacock’s ‘Bel-Air’

It’s official, folks! After carefully searching for the right lead, Peacock’s highly anticipated drama series Bel-Air, the contemporary reimagining of the immortalized ‘90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has cast newcomer and West Philadelphia local Jabari Banks in the iconic role of “Will.”

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Remembering James Avery

If you’re a fan of ‘90s pop culture, and you appreciate hip hop music and quality comedy television, then you were probably a fan of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. The show, which aired on NBC from 1990 to 1996, was an entertaining display of humor, culture clashes, and broken stereotypes that almost always ended with a message about the importance of family. Although Will Smith was undoubtedly the star of the show, and Carlton had the best moves (see The Carlton Dance), one of the most memorable characters was Uncle Phil, played by James Avery with a deep love and seriousness that all fathers should possess. More than that, Avery’s Uncle Phil also had a sense of humor that made him the ultimate cool uncle.

Sadly, Avery passed away on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 from open-heart surgery complications. He was only 68.

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