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The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air Reunion Trailer Just Dropped

by : Julia Banim on : 13 Nov 2020 14:32
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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion trailer has finally arrived, with the release date revealed to be November 19.

The long-anticipated reunion is dropping a bit earlier than had originally been expected. Fans knew the 90-minute special would be airing around Thanksgiving on HBO Max, however they are now getting it a week prior to the US holiday.

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Will Smith revealed the trailer on his official YouTube channel today, sparking great excitement – and even greater nostalgia – among fans.

You can watch the trailer below:

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The special was filmed in September on what was the 30th anniversary of the show’s premiere. Taking to Instagram at the time, Smith shared a picture of himself in the Banks living room, joined by co-stars Alfonso Ribeiro, Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Reid and DJ Jazzy Jeff.

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Speaking with the Los Angeles Times last month, Marcell – who played English butler Geoffrey in the classic sitcom – revealed it ‘felt so good to be back’:

We hadn’t seen each other in person for at least four years, and it was magical. When we performed the show back in those days, we were all green, newbies to the television scene. Now we are all older and — not to give myself airs and graces — it was like the Berlin philharmonic coming back together.

And to see all the babies as adults and parents; it was magical. The producers had to keep telling us to stop talking and get back to work.

He continued, ‘We talked about our experiences, our relationships, our hopes and fears during that period, even our hatreds — and there were some. But it felt so good to be back.’

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Notably, this scripted reunion will see an appearance from Janet Hubert, who originally played Aunt Viv until departing the show in 1993. She and Smith are said to have had their differences in the past, but it would appear they have now put their feud aside.

The synopsis for the upcoming reunion reads:

30 years later, we’re bringing the Banks family back together! Join Will and Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid, Alfonso Ribeiro and DJ Jazzy Jeff, for a funny and heartfelt night full of music and dancing in honor of the show that ran for six seasons and 148 episodes.

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Sadly, the cast will of course be missing the patriarch of the Banks family, with beloved Uncle Phil actor James Avery having passed away in 2013.

You can stream the reunion from November 19 on HBO Max.

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Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

Topics: Film and TV, HBO Max, Now, Trailer, Will Smith

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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion Trailer

  3. Los Angeles Times

    Column: Inside ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ reunion with Joseph Marcell: ‘It felt so good to be back’