Peacock’s ‘Bel-Air’ Has Finally Found its Cast

Peacock’s highly anticipated drama series Bel-Aira contemporary reimagining of the beloved and culture defining 90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has announced the full main cast.  

The series regulars include: 

  • Newcomer Jabari Banks as “Will”  
  • Adrian Holmes as “Phillip Banks” (At That Age, V Wars) Cassandra Freeman as “Vivian Banks” (The Enemy Within, Atlanta
  • Olly Sholotan as “Carlton Banks” (Run Hide Fight, Evolution of Nate Gibson
  • Coco Jones as “Hilary Banks” (Let it Shine, Vampires vs. The Bronx
  • Akira Akbar as “Ashley Banks” (We Can Be Heroes, Captain Marvel) 
  • Jimmy Akingbola as “Geoffrey” (Most Dangerous Game, In The Long Run
  • Jordan L. Jones as “Jazz” (Rel, Snowfall
  • Simone Joy Jones as “Lisa” (The Chair, What If

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. 

Will Smith previously surprised newcomer and West Philly local Jabari Banks with the iconic, leading role of “Will,” originated by Smith.   Peacock previously ordered two seasons of the series adaptation of Morgan Cooper’s viral fan film Bel-Air. 

Cooper wrote and directed the four-minute spec trailer, debuting the video on social media in March 2019. The trailer, which currently has nearly 7 million views on YouTube, caught the attention of Smith, and in a reaction video Smith called the film and idea brilliant. 

Morgan Cooper serves as director/co-writer/executive producer.

The series is executive produced by: Will Smith, Terence Carter, James Lassiter, Miguel Melendez, Malcolm Spellman, Quincy Jones, Benny Medina, and Andy and Susan Borowitz. 

Bel-Air is coming soon to Peacock.

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