Peacock’s record setting drama series Bel-Air announced a few new faces cast for its second season, Saweetie, Brooklyn McLinn, Jazlyn Martin, and Riele Downs join the series. Season 2 premieres on Peacock February 23 with new episodes streaming Thursdays.
Saweetie will be making a cameo appearance as herself in the first episode, while McLinn, Martin, and Downs will be recurring cast members. They all join season one returning regulars: Jabari Banks, Adrian Holmes, Cassandra Freeman, Olly Sholotan, Coco Jones, Akira Akbar, Jimmy Akingbola, Jordan L. Jones, and Simone Joy Jones.
The drama series follows Will Smith’s (Banks) complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air. The series tackles everything from into Racial tension, Culture shock, and Black excellence.
Season two of Bel-Air picks up with Will at a crossroads as a new figure comes into his life who challenges what he’s learned in Bel-Air and competes for control of his influence. He juggles this while navigating his home life with the Banks family and trying to rebuild the trust that was broken at the end of last season. We’ll see Will and Carlton’s brotherhood start to evolve as they grow closer, but still challenge each other about their differences. We’ll also see Hilary evolve as she becomes more of a boss in her influencer world and how that spills over into her relationship with Jazz, and also highlight the relatable struggles around Viv and Phil balancing marriage and family while trying to forge their own career paths and reconnect to the things that are important to them.
McLinn will play Doc Hightower, an impressive basketball recruiter and AAU Coach who is impressed by Will’s game at Bel-Air Academy. Martin will play Jackie, a street smart girl from South L.A. who put Will’s Philly swagger to the test when they are introduced to each other at a Venice basketball tournament.
Downs is cast as Yazmin, the president of the Black Student Union at Bel-Air Academy. And while their paths have not previously crossed at school, Yazmin finds herself impressed by Carlton’s contributions to the club.
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Writer and executive producer Carla Banks Waddles will serve as showrunner this season. Additional executive producers include Smith, Morgan Cooper, Anthony Sparks, Malcolm Spellman, Terence Carter, James Lassiter, Miguel Melendez, Benny Medina, Quincy Jones, Andy and Susan Borowitz, and Season 1 showrunners TJ Brady and Rasheed Newson. Cooper, Spellman, Brady, and Newson developed the reimagined version of the 90s sitcom and is based on Cooper’s short fan film of the same name.