Will Smith has shared our first look at the upcoming The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 30th anniversary reunion special. It was recently revealed that HBO Max is gearing up to bring the cast of the beloved series back together for an unscripted reunion special looking back at the show three decades later. These photos were taken on the 30th anniversary of the show's premiere.
Taking to Instagram, Will Smith shared two photos from behind the scenes of the Bel-Air reunion special. The 51-year-old star was joined by his former castmates Tatyana Ali (Ashley), Karyn Parsons (Hilary), Joseph Marcel (Geoffrey)l, Daphne Maxwell Reid (Aunt Viv) and Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton) as well as recurring co-star DJ Jazzy Jeff (Jazz). The first photo was set in the Banks' home, which looks every bit like the one fans will remember from the series. Smith had this to say in the caption provided.
"Today is exactly 30 years since The FreshPrince of Bel-Air debuted! So we're doin' something for y'all... a for real Banks Family Reunion is comin' soon to HBO Max! RIP James. #FreshPrince30th"
In the caption provided with the photos, Will Smith pays tribute to the late James Avery, who passed away in 2013. Avery played Uncle Phil on the original show. In a surprise, a second photo was shared that sees Smith speaking with Janet Hubert. Smith revealed that he sat down with the actress, who originated the role of Aunt Viv, for the first time in 27 years. They are said to have had an "emotional reunion and a candid conversation." Hubert played the role for the first three seasons of the show before Daphne Maxwell Reid replaced her. Hubert previously shared harsh words for both the show and Smith. So the fact that she is joining the special is significant.
The Fresh Prince 30th anniversary special was recently announced by HBO Max. The streaming service says it will be "a funny and heartfelt night full of music, dancing, and more special surprise guests." Impressively, they managed to shoot it at a time when getting any sort of production up and running is complicated. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air helped turn Smith into the star he is today. It ran for six seasons from 1990 to 1996 and 148 episodes. It is produced by Smith's company Westbrook Media and is set to arrive sometime around Thanksgiving, though no specific date has been set just yet.
Meanwhile, audiences will be getting a new take on the classic. Will Smith is currently producing a reboot of the show with filmmaker Morgan Cooper. It is based on Cooper's viral video, which imagines a gritty, dramatic version of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, simply titled "Bel-Air," set in modern times. Peacock, NBCUniversal's streaming service, recently handed out an impressive two-season, straight to series order for the show. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details on the reboot or the reunion special are made available. In the meantime, be sure to check out the photos from Will Smith's Instagram.