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A 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' reunion special starring Will Smith is in the works at HBO Max

The special is set to air in late fall.

Anna Rahmanan
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Anna Rahmanan

To celebrate 30 years since The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air first debuted on NBC, the cast of the 1990s sitcom has signed on to tape a reunion special set to air on HBO Max this fall. Will Smith's production company, Westbrook Media, is behind the effort, which will star regulars Tatyana Ali (Ashley!), Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey!), Karyn Parsons (Hilary!), Daphne Maxwell Reid (Vivian!), Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton!) and DJ Jazzy Jeff alongside Smith himself. Unfortunately, given his passing back in 2013, James Avery, who played the beloved uncle Phil, will not be part of the reunion.

As of now, the anniversary special is scheduled to tape on September 10 (that's the day the series actually debuted on NBC back in 1990) and drop around Thanksgiving on the relatively new platform. The format of the production has yet to be made public.

Smith's Westbrook Media is also working on another The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air revival, this one a rather different take on the series based on a self-made trailer by filmmaker Morgan Cooper, a big fan of the original show. The video, which went viral after it dropped last year, is a dramatic re-imagination of the plotline focusing on a Philly teenager "whose life got turned upside-down... in 2019." 

While we patiently wait for both productions to launch, we'll be catching up on all six seasons of the show on HBO Max.

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