NBC is hot on reboots and revivals right now. They announced a new take on Miami Vice this past week that is coming from producer Vin Diesel. The Will & Grace revival just got renewed for a second season. And the network is mulling over relaunches for 30 Rock and The Office. Apparently, Jay-Z would rather have a Friends remake, though. And he gives fans just that with his latest music video for Moonlight.
The song has little or nothing to do with the Oscar winning movie of the same name, as far as we know. But the hip-hop and R&B icon has managed to recreate the opening moments of Friends in stirring fashion. It appears that he doesn't want a mere revival with the original cast. He wants to put his own cast into play. And he has a great idea about what that would look like.
And it would look pretty good if all these guys weren't already on other shows. This fun bit of nostalgia features plenty of recognizable faces from still airing TV series. Included are Issa Rae from Insecure as Rachel, Tessa Thompson from Westworld as Monica, and Tiffany Haddish from The Carmichael Show as Phoebe, with Jerrod Carmichael of The Carmichael Show playing Ross, Lakeith Stanfield of Atlanta playing Chandler Bing and finally, Lil Rel Howery from The Carmichael Show rounding up the wish-fulfillment cast as Joey.
Director of the video Alan Yang shared the Friends portion of the Moonlight video on his Alan Yang Twitter. Yang is the co-creator of hit Netflix comedy series Master of None. He says this.
"I directed a music video for Jay-Z. It's called Moonlight. Available on Tidal now and everywhere in a week."
Moonlight is off Jay-Z's most recent album 4:44. And as you can see in the video, it even features comedian Hannibal Burress from Broad City stepping into make a cameo as himself. Which doesn't appear to be a stretch for the actor.
As Alan Young notes, the entire video for Moonlight is available to watch on Tidal. But that's for subscribers only. The rest of us will have to wait until next week to see the whole thing. If you're able to watch, a fun bit of trivia. Diehard Friends fans will recognize the intro dialogue as spoken verbatim from the Season 3 episode 'The One Where No One's Ready'. Take a look at the fun few opening moments with the rebooted cast in the Tweet below. As for a real Friends reunion series? Better not hold your breath just yet.