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Will Smith reveals actor who is replacing him in Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air reboot

Jabari Banks has been cast as Will (Picture: Peacock)

Will Smith has revealed the actor who will play the role that made him famous in a reboot of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.

The Hollywood star stunned newcomer Jabari Banks by announcing that his audition was successful and he had been cast in the part while on a video call together.

Sharing the news to Banks, Smith said: ‘It is an absolute pleasure to meet you, to be on with you, and from the deepest parts of my heart I want to say congratulations to you.

‘You have the role of Will on Bel-Air.’

Banks was overcome with joy and span around on his chair before replying: ‘I’m ready, I’m so ready.’

The actor revealed his father sent him an article about the audition and suggested he try out before his agent landed him a spot.

The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air first aired in 1990 (Picture: NBC)

‘This is a dream come true,’ Banks continued. ‘Thank you so much, I’m so grateful. This is incredible.’

The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air starred Smith as a fictionalised version of himself, a streetwise teenager who is sent to live with his wealthy aunt and uncle in their Bel Air mansion after getting into a fight in his hometown of Philadelphia.

Smith starred alongside James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro, Karyn Parsons, Tatyana M. Ali, Joseph Marcell and Janet Hubert-Whitten/Daphne Maxwell Reid in the sitcom, which ran for six seasons from 1990 to 1996.

The reboot, from NBC streaming service Peacock, is based on Morgan Cooper’s 2019 viral spec trailer Bel-air.

Producers said it is set in the modern-day and described it as a serialised one-hour ‘dramatic analogue’ to the half-hour sitcom of the original.

Peacock gave the show a two-season order back in September last year.


Credit: Original article published here.

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