Bel Air has released its first trailer for the upcoming second season, which has now been confirmed to premiere on Peacock on February 23, 2023.
Bel Air is a reimagined version of Will Smith’s 1990s sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel Airfeaturing many original characters appearing in the series. This setting is a darker version of the story and its first season proved popular with audiences.
Now, season two will continue the story as Jabari Banks’ Will struggles with inner conflict as a new character emerges in his life, leading him to question what he learned in season one. The second season will continue to explore the brotherhood of Will and Carlton (Olly Sholotan).
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Showrunner Carla Banks-Waddles told Collider that season two will “push the envelope” of the story but also honor “the heart of the legacy series.”
“Last season was all about introducing the Banks family world, and this season we’re going to expand on some of the themes we’ve touched on – what it really means to be a family, even if it’s challenging ‘ said Waddles. “How do you rebuild trust within a family? How do you find your own way, your individuality, within a family?”
Waddles continued, “We’ll also explore Will’s character, who doesn’t just feel like a fish out of water. He’s now struggling to find a balance to maintain his independence and West Philly identity while remaining open to new opportunities for himself in Bel-Air.”
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Several cast members return for season two, including Adrian Holmes (Phillip Banks), Cassandra Freeman (Vivian Banks), Coco Jones (Hilary Banks), Akira Akbar (Ashley Banks), and Jimmy Akingbola (Geoffrey Thompson).
Meanwhile, Will Smith’s new movie emancipation Premieres on Apple TV+ next month. Director Antoine Fuqua has defended the film’s release following the Smith’s Oscars controversy. This is Smith’s first project since that incident.
Fuqua said, “My conversation was always, ‘Isn’t 400 years of slavery, brutality, more important than a bad moment?’
“We were in Hollywood and some really ugly things happened and we saw a lot of people get awards doing some really nasty things.”
Bel Air Releases on Peacock on February 23, 2023.