Will Smith’s Fresh Prince Reunion Trailer Features Throwback Stories And A Whole Lot Of Love

Will Smith back on the Fresh Prince Studio Lot

Will Smith’s Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion, not to be confused with the Fresh Prince reboot that’s also happening, has finally landed a trailer. And it’s one that is introduced by the former Fresh Prince himself. Will Smith shares some footage from the upcoming HBO Max special in a video that features fun throwback footage, set stories and a whole lot of love.

In the first look footage at the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion, we see how some of the cast has changed physically in the years since the ‘90s sitcom was originally on the air. On set buds Will Smith and Alfonso Ribeiro are certainly older -- though they still dress sharply -- and there is a little bit of sadness over the loss of the show’s patriarch, as James Avery passed in 2013. Take a look at the trailer for the reunion special below.

There's been a lot of interest in '90s programming and in particular the Fresh Prince brand recently. The series is getting a reboot, after all, but the main cast, including the likes of Will Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro and Tatyana Ali are all still well-remembered and well-liked. So, they decided to reunite earlier in 2020 for the fans. They aren't the only cast of a major movie or TV franchise that spent 2020 reconnecting with the fans. There's been a dearth of content overall, but actually filming a reunion special professionally takes things to a whole 'nother level compared to the Zoom call reunions we've gotten used to this year.

The trailer does a good job of giving us the gist of what to expect from the HBO Max reunion ahead of the reboot that's coming down the pipeline on Peacock (and has already been renewed for a second season). My favorite moment probably has to be when Alfonso Ribeiro peeks his head around the stairwell wall in a way similar to what Carlton and Will got up to back in the day.

Alfonso Ribeiro doing Carlton peek reunion special 2020 screenshot

Will Smith has seemingly been pumped about this whole reunion for a while. He's been big about hyping the cast spending time together on social media, as he even notes at the start of the trailer, and earlier this year he also toured the home when it was turned into an Air BNB and the cast had a mini reunion then that was shared. There's a lot of anticipation for this event and hopefully it will live up to the hype.

HBO Max has been pretty good about generating new and interesting content for its users so far, and the throwback special seems to be no exception. Along with the trailer, HBO Max has announced The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion special will begin streaming on November 19.

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