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Will Smith, James Corden to star in first Carpool Karaoke episode

Apple on Thursday shared a new ad for its upcoming "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" exclusive, revealing Will Smith and late night host James Corden will star as the show's first pairing.




The short 30-second spot posted to Apple's YouTube channel shows snippets of "Carpool's" first episode, set to premiere on Aug. 8.

An extension of the original Carpool Karaoke segment made popular on "The Late Late Show With James Corden," the Apple Music version runs 30 minutes in length and follows a pair of celebrities as they take a road trip and sing along to their favorite tunes.

As seen in the commercial below, the show's first episode finds Smith joined by Corden driving and singing through the streets of Los Angeles. Things intensify later in the episode when the pair board a helicopter for some Chopper Karaoke, fittingly set to R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly."



Apple first announced work on the "Carpool Karaoke" spinoff last July, later scheduling a release date in March. After two delays, the most recent in April, Apple's second original Apple Music series will air next week.

Following the Smith and Corden episode, "Carpool" is slated to feature A-list celebrities and musicians including Metallica, Chelsea Handler, Blake Shelton, Shaquille O'Neal, John Legend, John Cena, Ariana Grande, Game of Thrones co-stars Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner, and more.

Apple will air 16 episodes of the show on a weekly basis, a release schedule similar to that of its recent "Planet of the Apps" show.