The eight new actors who will play regular roles on “Bel-Air” include Adrian Holmes (“V Wars,” “Arrow”) as Phillip Banks, patriarch of the family Will comes to in Bel-Air, and Cassandra Freeman (“The Enemy Within,” “Luke Cage”) as his wife and Will’s aunt, Vivian “Aunt Viv” Banks. The children in the family will be played by Olly Sholotan (“Run Hide Fight,” “Evolution of Nate Gibson” as Carlton Banks, Coco Jones (“Let It Shine,” “Vampires vs. The Bronx”) as Hilary Banks, and Akira Akbar (“We Can be Heroes,” “Captain Marvel”) as Ashley Banks.
Jimmy Akingbola (“In the Long Run,” “Arrow”) takes the role of Geoffrey the butler, and Jordan L. Jones (“Rel,” “Snowfall”) will play Will’s friend Jazz, who in the original series practically made a career out of getting thrown out of the Bel-Air mansion. Simone Joy Jones (“What If?,” “The Chair”) also joins the cast as Lisa, Will’s recurring love interest who was played in the original series by Nia Long. Her inclusion in the main cast implies that she’ll be introduced much earlier than Lisa was in the original version, perhaps with a larger role to play.
Since the initial green light, “Bel-Air” has already changed showrunners twice: Chris Collins and then Diane Houston departed (via Hollywood Reporter), and the series is now in the hands of T.J. Brady and Rasheed Newson. Hopefully, production goes well from here on out, and viewers will see the show come to their screens in the next year or two.