The first images from the upcoming Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion include Will Smith sitting down with original Aunt Viv actress Janet Hubert. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is a celebrated NBC sitcom created by Andy and Susan Borowitz that ran for six seasons from 1990 to 1996. The show, which is highly regarded for launching the career of Will Smith, featured the Aladdin actor as a fictionalized version of himself, who after a fight in his hometown, moves into his affluent aunt and uncle's cozy Bel Air mansion. Despite ending over 24 years ago, the sitcom is still loved dearly by fans. Hence the show's cast is reuniting for a special episode to reward fans for their support and endearment over the years.
Last month, it was announced that The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air would return on HBO Max to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the show's premiere. It was revealed that the celebration would take place through an unscripted, special episode that would look back into the series and the cultural impact that it has imbued since its debut. Original actors, including Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro, Maxwell Reid, Karyn Parson, Tatyana M. Ali, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Joseph Marcell were subsequently confirmed to star and it was also promised that several surprise guest actors would appear in the reunion that is being directed by Marcus Raboyis.
Will Smith posted the first look photos from his upcoming The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion to Instagram. The pictures include behind-the-scenes shots from the forthcoming HBO Max special, and they feature the show's entire cast as it gathered together to celebrate 30 years since the sitcom first aired (September 10, 1990). The iconic sitcom's cast reportedly filmed the special yesterday, and their sequences included dancing, candid conversations, music, and hilarious jokes. The reunion has been shot under the banner of Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett-Smith's production company, Westbrook Media; its definite release will be announced soon.
Quite notably, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion first-look images feature Smith and his on-screen aunt Janet Hubert in the same frame. This indicates that the actors have buried the hatchet and their long-standing feud has since been resolved. Hubert, who will star in the upcoming reunion as a guest, exited The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air after its season 3 due to frequent backstage quarrels with Smith. The reunion, hence, marks the first instance in 27 years where the aunt-nephew duo is sharing screen-space. Perhaps the only actor missing from the reunion photo is James Avery (Uncle Phil). Avery died during an open-heart surgery in 2014; his passing will be addressed in the reunion. While the upcoming HBO Max reunion reminiscences the glory of the iconic sitcom, a full-fledged The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot based on Morgan Cooper's concept trailer is headed to NBC's Peacock. The show will, however, feature an entirely new cast.
Before The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's reboot goes live, it is essential that fans have full closure about the loose strings in the original show. Fans have long awaited the cast's statements regarding the show's unfinished arcs, its poignant themes, and its behind-the-curtain controversies. The reunion thus enables fans to obtain answers to their long-gestating conundrums and offers them an opportunity for cherishing their favorite show's best moments. The first-look photos suggest that the upcoming reunion will be a feel-good affair.