NEW YORK (AP) – The producers of “Bel-Air,” the new dramatic take on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” knew they had big shoes to fill when looking for their lead actor.
The character of Will was originally played by Will Smith.
They found him in Jabari Banks, a 23-year-old newcomer whom, like Smith, is also from west Philadelphia and a musician.
Banks is preparing to release an EP later this year.
Banks says he read Smith’s autobiography “Will” for inspiration.
The first three episodes of “Bel-Air” debuted Sunday after the Super Bowl, and a new episode drops each Thursday on Peacock.