In 2017 Will Smitheven said he’d possibly be open to the idea under one condition, he’d have to play the role of the lateJames Avery — because, well, he’s 50. Earlier that year DJ Jazzy Jeffconfirmed there had indeed been “talks” about reviving the iconic series. Well, fans are getting their wish, but not in a way you probably think. Meet Destiny, the star of a new children’s book, Fresh Princess.
Reportedly, Fresh Princess will center on “Destiny, a carefree Black girl with the stellar sense of fashion to match. Destiny’s world is turned upside down when she moves into a new neighborhood. Like Will Smith’s iconic character, Destiny is a fish out of water who will stop at nothing to bring color to a situation and make it fit to her liking.”
In a statement, Smith said, “I couldn’t be more excited that the character I played for so long could inspire such a fun and empowering book for kids everywhere,” Will Smith said in a statement. “I know all of my children would have loved Fresh Princess growing up, and being a father who raised a strong daughter I know how important it is to see that type of strength depicted in stories. It’s what Jada and I have always championed and shown our kids throughout their lives. I’m down to follow Destiny through her growth and adventures just as I had experienced the journey of the young ‘Will Smith’ as he danced, laughed, made mistakes, and created memorable moments on his road to becoming the Fresh Prince.”
What a way to bring Black History Month to a close, huh? Pre-orders for Fresh Princess begin April 2.