Launched in February in the United States, “Bel-Air”, a dramatic reboot of the cult series “The Prince of Bel-Air”, finally arrives in France today on Salto. Is Will Smith involved in this new version in the vein of “All American”?
After season 2 of Chucky and the complete season 1 of La Brea, and before the arrival on Monday in US+24 of season 5 of Yellowstone, Salto is now offering its subscribers a new series that should awaken the curiosity of the public since it is about Bel-Air, which is none other than a dramatic reboot of the cult series of the 1990s The Prince of Bel-Air.
Created by Morgan Cooper from his self-titled 2019 short, Bel-Air, set somewhere between All American and Newport Beach, kicks off when young Will Smith, raised in the working-class areas of Philadelphia, is on the point of giving in to the siren song of delinquency.
To avoid the worst and offer him a better future, his mother sends him to live with his aunt Vivian and his uncle Philip in Los Angeles, in the luxurious district of Bel-Air. In the posh Banks mansion, the young man is propelled into a very different setting from what he has known so far. And his life soon takes a turn.
Determined to seize this second chance, will Will be able to overcome the many obstacles, challenges and prejudices that will come his way?
A new dramatic version produced by Will Smith
Fans of the original series with Will Smith, broadcast from 1990 to 1996, will be delighted to find the characters they adored at the time, from Carlton to Ashley, via Hilary, Liza, or Jazz. They are all there, obviously interpreted by new actors, including the revelation Jabari Banks in the role of Will, Coco Jones (Let It Shine) in the skin of Hilary, or Adrian Holmes (V Wars) in uncle Phil.
These emblematic characters who made the success of the Prince of Bel-Air are presented here in a more modern, more realistic, and sometimes darker aspect, since Bel-Air leaves the comedy and the sitcom atmosphere in the closet to tell a story. which is closer to today’s teen dramas. With strong social, cultural and political roots. The shadow of the Black Lives Matter movement is never far away.
And if we can regret that Will Smith does not make an appearance in the first season of Bel-Air – unlike Daphne Maxwell Reid and Vernee Watson-Johnson, the Vivian and Viola of the Prince of Bel-Air – it is still appropriate Note that this new version of the adventures of his fictional alter ego is produced by the star of Men in Black and I Am Legend, who is therefore still involved in the project, and in particular in the creative process.
The 10 episodes of Bel-Air are available today on Salto.
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Bel-Air sur Salto: Is Will Smith involved in this Prince of Bel-Air reboot?