Monday, May 16, 2022

Will Smith Casts Newcomer Jabari Banks to Play Will in ‘Fresh Prince’ Reboot [WATCH]

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*Will Smith has tapped newcomer and West Philadelphia native Jabari Banks to portray Will in Peacock’s drama reboot of Smith’s beloved sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

Smith surprised Banks with the news in a video, watch the moment below.

“You’ve got a fantastic road ahead of you, and I’m looking forward to being an asset for you in this process as you build out your life and build out your career,” Smith told Banks.

READ MORE: Will Smith to Executive Produce ‘Dramatic’ Reboot of ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ [VIDEO]

We previously reported… “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” is getting a reboot based on Morgan Cooper’s viral clip.

This time, the story of the street-smart teen who moves in with his rich uncle in Bel-Air, California will not be a comedy, BBC reports. 

The drama will be a co-production between original series star Will Smith and his Westbrook Studios as well as original producers Universal TV, per Complex.

The reboot was inspired by Cooper’s viral YouTube trailer that flips the script on the narrative. Smith described it as a “brilliant idea, the dramatic version of The Fresh Prince for the next generation.”

Watch the trailer below.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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