EXCLUSIVE: Bel-Air breakout star Jabari Banks has signed with WME.
Banks made his acting debut in the Peacock series, a dramatic retelling
of the 1990’s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, in the lead role of Will Smith.
Series co-showrunner Rasheed Newson sang Banks’ praises at Deadline’s Contenders Television event last month.
“If I can brag on Jabari for a quick second here: There’s what you see on screen and that’s talent and that’s great but that’s not the entire job,” Newson said. “You’re No. 1 on the call sheet and you have to show up at 5 o’clock in the morning day in and day out. You have to pace yourself through a lot of pages and a lot of work—and you have to do it during a pandemic. You have to be spot-on every day and that’s a lot. He didn’t have a lot of professional experience when he started which kept me up at night as we were trying to decide to give him the job but it was a very good gamble which paid off tremendously.”
Bel-Air is the platform’s most-streamed original series, reaching eight million accounts to date. The series is slated to return with Season 2 in 2023.
Banks is also a songwriter, singer, and rapper who is currently working on new music. He also plays basketball, football, and baseball.
He continues to be represented by Three Six Zero and Granderson Des Rochers.
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