WHAT IS BEL-AIR
Executively Produced by Will Smith, Bel-Air is set in modern-day America. Unlike the original multi-cam comedy family sitcom, this reimagining is a 1-hour drama series. The show will show a dramatic take on Will’s complicated journey from West Philadelphia to the gated mansion of California’s Bel-Air. As these two worlds collide, Will reckons with the power of second chances while navigating the conflicts, emotions, and biases of a world far different from the only one he’s ever known.
After the release of the Bel-Air trailer, critics and fans of the original series seem excited about the darker take on a classic show. The new series features an ensemble cast and introduces Jabari Banks as Will. Now it’s time to introduce the rest of the recurring cast to the world.
NEW RECURRING CAST AND CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS:
Peacock’s highly anticipated drama series Bel-Air has cast Karrueche Tran, Duane Martin, April Parker Jones, SteVonté Hart, Joe Holt, Scottie Thompson, Jon Beavers, Tyler Barnhardt, as well as Charlie Hall as recurring guest stars. If you’re me, names aren’t enough. So, let’s dive deeper into these characters.
Duane Martin (All of Us, Real Husbands of Hollywood) will play Steven Lewis. Steven is Philip Banks’ campaign manager on his run for LA District Attorney. Steven is a seasoned political strategist and has operated in Democratic Party politics for his entire career. He believes that he can help Phil win.
April Parker Jones (If Loving You is Wrong, Supergirl) will play Viola ‘Vy’ Smith, Will’s mother and Aunt Viv’s older sister. Having always put her son first, Vy makes the tough decision to send Will to live with her sister, even though they haven’t spoken in years.
Joe Holt (The Walking Dead: World Beyond, The Punisher) will play Fred Wilkes, the Police Chief, and Lisa’s father. Wilkes and the Banks’ family have run in the same circles for years.
WILL’S BEST FRIENDS AND THE POLICE CHIEFS WIFE
SteVonté Hart (Little Fires Everywhere, Queen Sugar) will play Tray Melbert, Will’s best friend, and basketball teammate from West Philly. With Will’s sudden departure to Bel-Air, Tray risks falling victim to the streets of West Philly.
Charlie Hall (Single Drunk Female, Moxie) will play Tyler Laramy, a member of the Bel-Air Academy basketball team and one of Will’s good friends at school. Tyler is known for being the class clown, as well as pushing his teachers’ buttons.
Scottie Thompson (NCIS, Macguyver, 12 Monkeys) will play Angela, an interior designer, newly married to Police Chief, not to mention Lisa’s father, Fred Wilkes. Angela tries to navigate her new role in the family.
HILARY’S INFLUENCER TEAM AND CARLTON’S BEST FRIEND
Karrueche Tran (Claws, The Bay) will play Ivy, a top-tier social media influencer who offers to help Hilary with her influencer business.
Jon Beavers (Licorice Pizza, Animal Kingdom) will play Kylo, a social media influencer. He provides Hilary Banks with an interview opportunity to join his influencer house.
Tyler Barnhardt (13 Reasons Why, Tales From The Loop) will play Connor Satterfield, Carlton’s best friend, lacrosse teammate, and the most popular kid in school, second to Carlton. Connor crosses boundaries that cause tension between him and Will.
WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH THE NEW BEL-AIR
Bel-Air premieres on Peacock Super Bowl Sunday, February 13, 2022. However, we’re not just getting one episode, the streaming service will drop three episodes at launch. Then release new episodes every Thursday.
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