Will Smith is launching his own 'chat show'-style series on Snapchat which will be filmed in his garage during the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The original series, titled Will From Home, will span 12 episodes and will feature the actor chatting to his family, special celebrity guests such as Tyra Banks and ordinary people who have stories to tell.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Snapchat's head of original content Sean Mills said the idea came about after conversations between Snapchat and Smith's production company Westbrook Media.
"Will was feeling a lot of pent-up creative energy and was excited to do something with it in a new and different way," he said.
During the coronavirus pandemic Snapchat's Discover platform has been publishing regular news and updates and it is now keen to add more entertainment content as well.
"Our first reaction was to shore up the news coverage and really deliver on that," Mills said. "But after a week-and-a-half or so, we started to see a huge surge in interest in entertainment content, especially humor and comedy.
"The kinds of things that the community wants are things that are positive, that feel empowering. It's not just about escapism but it's about actually what is the good that can come of a challenging moment in time. Will From Home fits perfectly with that."
Will From Home launched on Snapchat on Friday (April 3) and new episodes will stream on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Smith recently starred in much-anticipated Bad Boys sequel Bad Boys for Life and although it might sound impossible now, it turns out that he and Martin Lawrence weren't the studio's first choice for the franchise's leads.
"Yeah, Dana Carvey and Jon Lovitz were the original Bad Boys," Smith said. "That would have been a little bit of a different movie!"
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