Peacock's "Bel-Air" Trailer Introduces Us To Our New Will & Uncle Phil: Watch

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"V-Wars" actor Adrian Holmes will star as Uncle Phil in the reimagining of "The Fresh Prince."

We're returning to Bel-Air, but this time, without the original Fresh Prince. On Monday, January 10th, Peacock unveiled the trailer for their highly anticipated new series, which is a "dramatic reimagining" of the '90s Will Smith-led sitcom.

"With this dramatic reimagining, we wanted to create a show that stands on its own while honouring the spirit and innovation of the original series," Morgan Cooper, who created the viral YouTube video that inspired the creation of the forthcoming show, explained. 

Peacock's "Bel-Air" Trailer Introduces Us To Our New Will & Uncle Phil: Watch
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"Because Bel-Air is a drama, we’re able to really peel back the layers of these characters and themes in a way that you simply couldn’t do 30 years ago in the half-hour sitcom format. We’re able to go have tough conversations that challenge perspectives. At its core, Bel-Air is a celebration of the Black experience through the perspective of a family."

The series sees newcomer Jabari Banks take on the role of Will, who, like Smith's version of the character, leaves his hometown of Philadelphia for a second chance in sunny California. Uncle Phil also returns, this time played by 47-year-old Canadian actor Adrian Holmes.

"This town will try to make you forget who you are and where you came from. Don’t let it do that," a voice says from off-screen says as the newly released three-minute-long trailer begins. The entire visual is jam-packed with intense drama and suspense, building anticipation for what's to come when the series premieres next month.

As Complex notes, other noteworthy cast members include Cassandra Freeman as Vivian Banks, Olly Sholotan as Carlton Banks, Coco Jones as Hilary Banks, Akira Akbar as Ashley Banks,  Jimmy Akingbola as Geoffrey, Jordan L. Jones as Jazz, and Simone Joy Jones as Lisa. While Smith himself isn't acting in the show, he and Jada Pinkett Smith's Westbrook Inc. did play a hand in production.

When Bel-Air hits Peacock on Sunday, February 13th, subscribers will be given three episodes to binge, and from there, they can look forward to weekly releases. Check out the trailer below, and share your first thoughts in the comments.


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Hayley Hynes is the former Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, she stepped down after two years in 2024 to pursue other creative opportunities but remains on staff part-time to cover music, gossip, and pop culture news. Currently, she contributes similar content on Blavity and 21Ninety, as well as on her personal blog where she also offers tarot/astrology services. Hayley resides on the western side of Canada, previously spending a year in Vancouver to study Fashion Marketing at Blanche Macdonald Centre and Journalism at Mount Royal University in Calgary before that. She's passionate about helping others heal through storytelling, and shares much more about her life on Instagram @hayleyhynes.