Peacock’s (CMCSA) “Bel-Air” — the dramatic, revamped reboot of ’90s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” — is set to make its highly anticipated Super Bowl Sunday debut.

The cast, made up of new faces including newcomer Jabari Banks, told Yahoo Finance that fans can expect “lots of twists” and a few surprises.

“We’re definitely taking a lot of creative risk with this storyline…We’re not boxed in any box,” said actress CoCo Jones, who plays Hilary Banks in the upcoming series.

Jordan Jones, who plays jazz, added that although many have compared “Bel-Air” to its predecessor “Fresh Prince”, the new version is a very different viewing experience.

“I like to be compared to the first one but it’s not [the first],” he explained.

“We’re all grateful for the first one and that’s what laid the groundwork, but since it’s an hour-long drama, you’re going to see just thickened storylines and plotlines,” continued the actor.

“Building on Legacy”

Will Smith and Jabari Banks attend Peacock’s new ‘BEL-AIR’ series premiere party and drive-in screening experience at Barker Hangar on February 09, 2022 in Santa Monica, California.

“Bel-Air” creator Morgan Cooper (who also serves as an executive producer, co-writer and director) uploaded a 4-minute spec trailer to YouTube (GOOGL) in 2019. Less than 24 hours later , Cooper had a reunion with the original “Fresh Prince” himself and the rest is history.

“We didn’t spend any marketing dollars to [the trailer.] There was no publicist. The traction we got was entirely organic, which I think made it all the more impactful that it ended up on Will’s desk,” Cooper revealed.

Smith, who reportedly “went crazy” over Cooper’s dramatic and modern concept while filming “Bad Boys 3,” is currently executive producing the series.

“It meant so much to me that Will really appreciated it because he came from a pure place and really wanted to honor what he did, what James Avery and the rest of this amazing cast did a long time ago. 30 years, while reimagining this show as a drama,” the filmmaker said. Avery, the acting veteran who died in late 2013, played the original Uncle Phil.

With the new cast taking on the same familiar and beloved roles from the original series, finding the right balance between past and present has proven difficult.

“I always say we stand on the shoulders of giants, so it’s not really about trying to put on a coat that’s not mine. It’s more about trying to build on the legacy that we already have there,” Olly Sholotan, who plays Carlton, told Yahoo Finance.

Adrian Holmes, the new Uncle Phil, told Yahoo Finance that he strives to be “as authentic as possible, and not feel the pressure of having to be a cookie cutter of what [ Avery] has been. I know that’s not what he would have wanted me to do either. He would like me to take it and connect with him [within] this modern and current era.”

The TV remote control is seen with the Peacock logo displayed on a screen in this illustration photo taken in Krakow, Poland, February 6, 2022. (Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The TV remote control is seen with the Peacock logo displayed on a screen in this illustration photo taken in Krakow, Poland, February 6, 2022. (Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“Bel-Air” ended up on Peacock after a competitive bidding war that saw it conquer heavyweights like Netflix (NFLX), HBO Max (T), Apple TV+ (AAPL) and Amazon Prime Video ( AMZN).

Cooper, who noted the process was both “incredible” and “chaotic,” said the team “was looking for a partner who really believed in the vision and really wanted to preserve the vision.”

The filmmaker then revealed that Peacock ultimately won the battle thanks, in large part, to his competitive two-season order.

“They threw the gauntlet down [and] have really demonstrated their commitment and confidence in this project,” he concluded.

Alexandra is a Producer and Entertainment Correspondent at Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter @alliecanal8193

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