Will Smith, James Corden Rap “Fresh Prince” & Sing R. Kelly Flying A Helicopter In New “Carpool Karaoke” Trailer (VIDEO)
Former “Fresh Prince” Will Smith is just one of the many A-Listers featured in the trailer for the upcoming “Late Late Show With James Corden” internet breaking segment turned stand-alone Apple Music spin-off series… but will the show be internet gold or overhyped troll-fodder?
James Corden’s “The Late Late Show” premiered its first Carpool Karaoke segment with pop diva Mariah Carey in the passenger’s seat back in March of 2015. While the idea was conceptually mined from a 2011 british telethon bit starring Corden and late british pop icon George Michaels, it wasn’t until the more polished revival of “Carpool” on the CBS late night show that made it an instant internet sensation. Since 2015, Corden has produced 29 star-studded videos amassing a whopping 48,239,512 views. Watch the FULL trailer for the upcoming “Carpool Karaoke” stand-alone series after the jump!
The immense popularity of “Carpool Karaoke” has now spun the bit into its own expanded series on Apple Music, comprised of 16 individual 30-minute episodes. The trailer showcases Will Smith and Corden rapping the iconic “Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air” theme song before taking the bit to new heights, literally, as they sing R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” while flying in a helicopter. We also catch a glimpse of other prominent A-List team-ups from Alicia Keys, John Legend and Taraji P. Henson to Shaq and John Cena to a more random fusion of Seth MacFarlane and pop songstress Ariana Grande. But one thing might be missing, James Corden. That’s right, even though Corden pioneered the concept he will only be sparsely seen throughout the show, and that could spell disaster for the yet to launch spin-off series.
The allure of “Carpool Karaoke” comes not solely from the a-list passengers, but a blend of Corden’s exuberant fandom, quirky comedic banter and jarringly impressive vocal skills. Simply putting Metallica in a grocery store or Blake Shelton and Chelsea Handler in a bar may be somewhat amusing on the surface, but without the comedic wit and often childlike excitement of Corden, the concept seems lacking. While the spin-off series may float by for a while on the star-power of the passengers, I highly doubt it will capture the same internet buzz as it’s “Late Late Show” predecessor.
Watch the full trailer for the new “Carpool Karaoke” series below.