NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service is ramping up its content output and has announced the cast of the upcoming Bel-Air series and revealed the trailer for One of Us Is Lying.
The Bel-Air series is a contemporary reimagining for the beloved and culture-defining ’90s sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It is based on Morgan Cooper’s viral fan film Bel-Air and comes from Universal Television and Westbrook Studios.
The show will be lead by newcomer Jabari Banks as Will. Will Smith previously surprised Banks with the iconic, leading role originated by Smith, in the video below.
Also joining the cast are Adrian Holmes as Phillip Banks, Cassandra Freeman as Vivian Banks, Olly Sholotan as Carlton Banks, Coco Jones as Hilary Banks, Akira Akbar as Ashley Banks, Jimmy Akingbola as Geoffrey, Jordan L. Jones as Jazz and Simone Joy Jones as Lisa.
Peacock previously ordered two seasons of the series. See Will Smith’s original announcement below!
Cooper wrote and directed the four-minute spec trailer, debuting the video on social media in March 2019. You can watch it below.
The trailer, which currently has nearly 7 million views on YouTube, caught the attention of Smith, and in a reaction video Smith called the film and idea brilliant.
T.J. Brady and Rasheed Newson are the showrunners and executive producers, while Morgan Cooper will direct, cowrite and also executive produce. The executive producers also include Will Smith, Terence Carter, James Lassiter, Miguel Melendez, Malcolm Spellman, Quincy Jones, Benny Medina, and Andy & Susan Borowitz.
Based on Karen M. McManus’s #1 New York Times best-selling novel, One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five high schoolers walk into detention and only four make it out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide
The eight-episode season will roll out over the course of three weeks on Peacock, with new episodes dropping in batches on Thursdays: Episodes 1-3 will drop Thursday, October 7; Episodes 4-6 will drop Thursday, October 14; and Episodes 7-8 will drop Thursday, October 21.
The series stars Annalisa Cochrane (Addy), Chibuikem Uche (Cooper), Marianly Tejada (Bronwyn), Cooper van Grootel (Nate), Barrett Carnahan (Jake), Mark McKenna (Simon), Melissa Collazo (Maeve), and Jessica McLeod (Janae).
One of Us Is Lying is produced by UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group. Darío Madrona (co-creator of Elite) serves as showrunner and executive producer. Erica Saleh (Evil) wrote the pilot and executive produces. The series is also executive produced by John Sacchi and Matt Groesch of 5 More Minutes Productions who developed the pilot. Filmmaker and actress Jennifer Morrison directed and produced the pilot.