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Recast "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" and Win a Prize!

Recast "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" and Win a Prize!

Every Wednesday on BuzzSugar, I post a Recast challenge, where I ask you to choose new actors for a classic TV show or movie. The reader who submits the best cast wins a BuzzSugar t-shirt!

I recently woke up with the theme song to "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" dancing in my head — and I couldn't shake it ("Iiiiiiin West Philadelphia, born and raised/On the playground was where I spent most of my days..."). I took that as a sign that "Fresh Prince" should be our next recast challenge. If you were to recast this TV show with present-day actors, who would you choose for the lead roles? Who could fill Will Smith's shoes as... Will Smith? And what about Will's stern Uncle Phil and little cousin Ashley? Most of all, who could play dorky Carlton or the clueless Jazz (DJ Jazzy Jeff)?

Relive your fondest memories of "Fresh Prince" and try to picture new actors rounding out the cast. Leave your entry in the comment section below, and I'll pick one winner to feature Tuesday, July 10, complete with a "new" cast photo. To see a list of characters to recast and a photo of the BuzzSugar t-shirt,

Characters to recast:
Will (Will Smith)
Philip Banks (James Avery)
Vivian Banks (Janet Hubert-Whitten, Daphne Reid)
Carlton Banks (Alfonso Ribeiro)
Ashley Banks (Tatyana Ali)
Hilary Banks (Karyn Parsons)
Geoffrey (Joseph Marcell)
Jazz (Jeffrey A. Townes)

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raphael845 raphael845 9 years
*I'd like to change my Uncle Phil to Forest Whitaker, sorry BuzzSugar!
raphael845 raphael845 9 years
Will (Dave Chappel) Philip Banks (Reginald ValJohnson) Vivian Banks (Halle Berry)*Plus 50 pounds!! Carlton Banks (Chiwetel Ejiofor) Ashley Banks (Alicia Keys) Hilary Banks (Tyra Banks) Geoffrey (Don Cheaddle) Jazz (Snoop Dogg)
breeknee breeknee 9 years
Will: Nick Cannon or Anthony Mackie Philip Banks:Danny Glover Vivian Banks: Angela Basset Carlton Banks: Derek Luke Ashley Banks:Meagan Good Hilary Banks:Gabrielle Union or Nia Long (played Will's wife on the show originally) Geoffrey: Yanic Truesdale Jazz: Jin tha MC (chinese american hip hop artist)
mirdeb mirdeb 9 years
Will (Will Smith) - Trey Smith Philip Banks (James Avery) - Danny Glover Vivian Banks (Janet Hubert-Whitten, Daphne Reid) - Angela Basset Carlton Banks (Alfonso Ribeiro) - ??? Ashley Banks (Tatyana Ali) - Jaden Smith Hilary Banks (Karyn Parsons) - Ciara Geoffrey (Joseph Marcell) - Farnsworth Jazz (Jeffrey A. Townes) - Akon
msshellokitty msshellokitty 9 years
Will-Jamie Foxx Philip-Steve Harvey Carlton-Nick Cannon Hilary-Lark Voorhies(Saved by the Bell) Ashley-Zoe Saldana Geoffrey-Tim Meadows Jazz-Chris Tucker Vivian-Sheryl Lee Ralph
Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 9 years
Buzz: I didn't mean to post twice... I was trying to put the new names in bold only and my comments in italics only, but I messed up and the whole thing went bold and italicised ... anyway... I was just trying to make it easy to read.
Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 9 years
Will = Ludacris (the rapper) Philip Banks = Laurence Fishburne Vivian Banks = Vivica A. Fox Carlton Banks = Pierre Edwards (B.A.P.S. {w/ Halle Berry} super funny comedic actor) Ashley Banks = Aleisha Allen (Are We There Yet? / Are We Done Yet?) Hilary Banks = Jill Marie Jones (From CW's Girlfriends & Bailey's tv spots) Geoffrey = Malik Yoba (Also from Girlfriends) Jazz = Sway (MTV)
Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 9 years
i messed up on the html stuff... sorry... I'll re-post it plain.
Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 9 years
Will = Ludacris (the rapper) Philip Banks = Laurence Fishburne Vivian Banks = Vivica A. Fox Carlton Banks = Pierre Edwards (B.A.P.S. {w/ Halle Berry} super funny comedic actor) Ashley Banks = Aleisha Allen (Are We There Yet? / Are We Done Yet?) Hilary Banks = Jill Marie Jones (From CW's Girlfriends & Bailey's tv spots) Geoffrey = Malik Yoba (Also from Girlfriends) Jazz = Sway (MTV)
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
Will (Corbin Bleu) Philip Banks (Steve Harvey) Vivian Banks (Holly Robinson-Pete) Carlton Banks (Orlando Brown) Ashley Banks (Keke Palmer) (or Zoe Kravitz, I don't think she acts, but she looks the part to me) Hilary Banks (Christina Millian) Geoffrey (Dl Hughley) Jazz (Omarion)
everythingnice everythingnice 9 years
Will: Nelly Carlton: Chris Rock Aunt Viv:Halle Berry Uncle Phil: Lawrence Fishbourne Hiliary: Rihanna Ashley: Ashanti Geoffrey: Seal Jazz: Usher Nicky: Jayden Smith
Meekie53 Meekie53 9 years
Okay Here goes: Will - Nick Cannon Ashley - Kiki Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee) Carlton - Kel Mitchell (Keenan and Kel) Jazz - Mos Def Hillary - Jill Marie Jones (Girlfiends) Uncle Phil - Chi McBride Jeffrey - Chiwetel Ejiofor (Inside Man, Kinky Boots) Aunt Vivian - Angela Bassett And so goes my first recast!
nikkih nikkih 9 years
Will-Nick Cannon Carlton-Corbin Bleu Philip Banks-Bernie Mac Vivian Banks-Wanda Sykes Hilary Banks-Gabrielle Union Ashley Banks-Kyla Pratt Geoffrey-Damon Wayans Jazz-Columbus Short
rubialala rubialala 9 years
Will - Marques Houston Philip Banks - Bernie Mac Vivian Banks - Wanda Sykes Carlton Banks - Romany Malco Ashley Banks - Jennifer Freeman Hilary Banks - Gabrielle Union Geoffrey - Isaiah Washington (it'll be the only job he can get!) Jazz - Dave Chappelle
fablavishlife fablavishlife 9 years
Will - Chris Brown Philip Banks - Forest Whitaker Vivian Banks - Vanessa Williams Carlton Banks - Corbin Bleu Ashley Banks - Kyla Pratt Hilary Banks - Tia Mowry/The Mowry twins Geoffrey- Don Cheadle Jazz - Chris Rock
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
Oh and last thing, I forgot to add: Carlton = Columbus Short (Stomp the yard) That's it my recasting is complete. Sorry for the multiple postings I just got a bit carried away for a moment.
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
Oh and one more thing: PLATINUM STATUS HERE I COME BABY!
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
OMG I turned GOLD with the comment above!!! Yay I'm so excited that it was on a recasting the Fresh Prince post on Buzzsugar not say on a Paris Hilton or Britney Spears postings on Pop. Hey Buzz, a quick favor if I don't win this recasting contest can you give a me shout out just for getting gold? hahaha i know i'm a dork but that would make my day.
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
Will = Marlon Wayans (White Chicks, Requiem for a Dream) Uncle Phil = Steve Harvey (the stand-up comedian) Aunt Viv = Vanessa Williams Hilary = Joy Bryant (Antwone Fisher) Ashley = Meagan Good (Stomp the Yard) Geofrey = Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children of Men) Jazz = Ludacris
tiatia tiatia 9 years
will- Mike Epps uncle phil- Laurence Fishburn Aunt Viv- Vivica A Foxx Carlton - Martin Lawrence Ashley - Meagan Good Hilary - Tanisha Harper Geoffrey - Earl Billings Jazz - Chris Tucker
alynn alynn 9 years
Will - Chris Brown Philip Banks - Bernie Mac Vivian Banks - Gina Torres Carlton Banks - Larenz Tate Ashley Banks - Shareeka Epps Hilary Banks - Tia Mowry Geoffrey - Dule Hill Jazz - Bow Wow
sweetheart_450 sweetheart_450 9 years
Will - Chris Bosh Uncle Phil - Chi McBride Aunt Vivian - Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon Hilary - Kerry Washington Carlton - Ray J Ashley - Monique Coleman (High School Musical) Geoffrey - Yanic Truesdale (Gilmore Girls) Jazz - Eddie Griffin
a-geek a-geek 9 years
Philip Banks...Arthur
Livience Livience 9 years
Will: BowWow Uncle Phil: Bernie Mac (okay, so I use him in almost every Recast ever, but I LOVE HIM AND HIS WONKY EYE!!!) Aunt Viv: Angela Bassett Carlton: Columbus Short (he can do nerdy) Hilary: Meagan Good Ashley: Dee Dee Davis (Baby Girl from "The Bernie Mac Show") Geoffrey: Don Cheadle Jazz: Lupe Fiasco
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