As the original Fresh Prince, Will Smith is trying to put his Oscar slap on the backside as Peacock moves forward with its Season 2 Bel Air, the buzzy fish-out-of-water drama based on the classic ’90s sitcom. NBCUniversal’s streaming service unveiled a teaser trailer for the show’s second season, a day after Apple TV+ unveiled Smith’s Oscar-nominated latest appearance. Emancipation. While the Oscar winner King Richard The star isn’t mentioned at the 45-second mark, it’s clear that Season 2 hasn’t severed its connection to the previous show. (Watch the teaser above.)
Bel AirFreshman’s perennial season concluded with West Philly-to-Bel Air transplant Will (Jabari Banks) meeting his longtime father Lou, played by Marlon Wayans — a role played by Ben Vereen in the 90s version. Interestingly, Banks told Yahoo Entertainment earlier this year that he wanted Smith himself to play Will’s dad in a full-circle casting. “It would be interesting to see him as my dad,” remarked the young actor.
Based on Peacock’s Season 2 synopsis, it sounds like Lou might be stuck in Bel-Air for a while, and his presence seems likely to spoil the good Will has with Aunt Viv and Uncle Phil (Cassandra Freeman and Adrian Holmes ). “Last season was very much about introducing us to the world of the Banks family, and this season we get to delve into some of the themes that we touched on,” entering Bel Air host, Carla Banks Waddles, remarked in a statement. “We’ll also explore Will’s character beyond feeling like a fish out of water. He’s now struggling to find a balance of maintaining his independence and his West Philly identity while also being open to new opportunities for himself. in Bel-Air.”
And just as Season 1 touched on topical real-world issues — including colorism and code-switching — Season 2 will also speak to the moment. In the background of one shot, Will is standing on the roof of his school above a “Black Teachers Matter” banner, while Banks’ voice-over refers to what it means to “disrupt the system.”
“We all have choices to make,” Will concludes. “But this time, no one chose for me.”
Speaking with Yahoo Entertainment before Bel AirAt the freshman season premiere in February, creator Morgan Cooper — who directed the 2019 viral short that caught Smith’s eye and inspired the series — said the previous Fresh Prince was a sounding board during freshman year of the series. “He was always a text away for advice,” Cooper said. “He really let us do our own thing and gave us confidence on the creative side. I can’t say enough about our partnership. He’s brilliant and I’m grateful to know him.”
Season 2 of Bel Air premieres February 23 on the Peacock.