The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air Set For Female-Led Reboot

There's no word on whether Will Smith will be involved in the project.

Will Smith and the Banks family
Will Smith and the Banks family The original line-up. Image Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank

Popular 90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air could be getting a reboot – with a twist.

The show, which ran for six seasons and 148 episodes, helped turn its star, Will Smith, from budding rapper to bona fide star in his own right.

Smith played a fictionalised version of himself, shipped out of his home city of Philadelphia and forced to live with his affluent aunt and uncle and their family over in swanky Bel Air.

Though there had previously been discussion over a potential limited run return to the series, the death of original cast member James Avery, who played Uncle Phil, pretty much ended those hopes.

However, TMZ is reporting that those who own the rights to the Fresh Prince franchise are now looking to reboot the series – with one notable twist.

This time around, they are looking to cast a female in the lead role previously occupied by Smith. The gender swap would also most likely see the show renamed The Fresh Princess of Bel-Air as a result.

Though no details have so far been confirmed, there’s still a chance Smith may be involved in some capacity, even if it is simply as producer.

While something of a surprise for fans of the original show, plans for the female-centric reboot are part of a growing trend in the film and television business.

The Ocean's 8 crew.

An all-female Ocean’s 11 sequel, entitled Ocean’s 8, is already set for later this year while one of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s contemporaries, Boy Meets World, has already returned as part of a female-led spin-off entitled Girl Meets World.

Given Smith’s pre-existing relationship with Netflix and the fact that all of the Fresh Prince is available to watch on the on-demand platform, the show could yet arrive on the service rather than a mainstream broadcast network.

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