Introducing, the Baker family! Cheaper By the Dozen is back and better than ever with a new cast. The Disney+ remake — which premiered on Friday, March 18 — stars Gabrielle Union (Zoey Baker) and Zach Braff (Paul Baker) as the matriarch and patriarch of a giant blended family.
Per the streaming service’s official synopsis, the movie is a “fresh take” on the 2003 film of the same name. The logline reads, “It is the story of the raucous exploits of a blended family of 12, the Bakers, as they navigate a hectic home life while simultaneously managing their family business.”
It was first announced in December 2020 that Union — who also serves as an executive producer on the project — would be at the forefront of the Disney+ remake with Braff’s casting news coming a little over a month later in January 2021.
“When I first read the script … I wanted to be a part of something that our whole family could watch together and, you’ve seen some of my work, I don’t do a lot of family-friendly type of stuff,” the Bring It On alum told Entertainment Tonight ahead of the premiere. “So, I felt not only was it the perfect time for my own family but I think it’s the perfect time for all the families who want to see different kinds of folks and different kinds of families reflected and celebrated on screen.”
When it came time to cast the kids, Union and Braff’s onscreen brood of 10 children — rounding out the family’s dozen — was announced in February 2021.
Caylee Blosenski (Harley Baker), for one, told J-14 that working alongside her costars was an “amazing” experience, noting that Union gave her “so much advice” while Braff was “so funny.”
The up-and-coming star added, “He came to set with different jokes every day and really brightened up the room. … I don’t know how they did it.”
Although she played a mom of 10 in the film, Union also told ET that she couldn’t do it in real life.
“[The kids would be like], ‘Mom went to the store, and in six years she hasn’t returned!'” she joked, calling the Baker family a “whole different animal.”
Union continued, “I think we are at max capacity at the Wade-Union household and that’s why Zoey Baker is a fictitious character!” referring to herself and husband Dwyane Wade.
Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey's novel Cheaper by the Dozen arrives with its third remake, which reimagines the story of a large family made up of mom, dad... and 10 children, not to mention pets.
Director Gail Lerner and co-writers Jenifer Rice-Genzuk Henry and Kenya Barris have cast Zach Braff and Gabrielle Union as the main characters and parents of an army of children in this new remake.
The cast of the new remake of Cheaper by the Dozen
This time, we will see the adventures of Zoey's children from a previous marriage, Deja (Journee Brown) and DJ (Andre Robinson), Paul's children from his previous marriage, Ella (Kylie Rogers), Harley (Caylee Blosenski) and godson-turned-son Haresh (Aryan Simhadri), plus their four young children, fraternal twins Luna (Mykal-Michelle Harris) and Luca (Leo Abelo Perry) and identical twins Bailey (Christian Cote) and Bronx (Sebastian Cote.)
"We had to kind of take on parental roles. Gabrielle has children, I don't, so she was more of the 'bad cop.' I was more 'good cop', fun Uncle Zach. I'd get them all riled up, she'd be like 'Zach stop! Calm them down get them on their marks!" Braff told ABC 7.
"What I learned in my own life is you can't 'one size fits all' any kid. You have to meet each child where they are at, and it's not our job to force our hopes and dreams on them; it's our job to listen when they tell us who they are," Union said.
2022 Cheaper by the Dozen release date
Cheaper by the Dozen had its world premiere at the El Capitan Theatre on March 16, 2022, and was released on Disney+ on March 18.
The real-life Gilbreth family has seen two film adaptations of their family memoir, which humorously recalled what it was like to grow up in a family with twelve children. The 1950 film, directed by Walter Lang, featured Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy as the Gilbreth parents and stars like Jeanne Crain and Barbara Bates portraying the twelve kids. Then the Shawn Levy-directed 2003 remake brought Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt to the screen as Mr. and Mrs. Baker with their twelve children, some of whom were played by early 2000s favorites like Hilary Duff, Alyson Stoner, and Piper Perabo.
Now Disney+ has released its reboot,Cheaper by the Dozen, on March 18, 2022. This remake features new faces and family dynamics, recreating the classic Baker (once Gilbreth) family.
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Zach Braff as Paul Baker
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Zach Braff plays Paul Baker, the father and stepfather to the Baker children and husband of Zoe Baker. Braff, a Jewish American actor, is well-versed in the comedy genre. He is most well known for playing the lead role in the nine-season comedy-drama show, Scrubs. In that television series, he was interning doctor J. D. Dorian, a skilled physician whose habit for daydreaming made him endearing. Braff saw one Primetime Emmy Award nomination and three Golden Globe nominations for his part in this series.
Braff has starred in other various comedies through film and television. In The Last Kiss, directed by Tony Goldwyn, he led the romantic comedy movie as Michael, a 30-year-old man with relationship problems and commitment issues. Braff also led the ABC sitcom Alex, Inc. as Alex Schuman, a husband and father with a midlife crisis who quits his job to start a podcast. He took lead on the comedy The Ex, directed by Jesse Peretz, as Tom Reilly, a struggling businessman who finds himself fighting for his job and his wife.
Braff’s talent extends to his voice acting. He voiced the young and unexpected avian hero in Chicken Little, the 2005 Disney comedy directed by Mark Dindal. Braff lent his voice to the 2013 Oz the Great and Powerful, directed by Sami Raimi, in playing the devoted winged monkey, Finley.
Braff has also has experience in directing. Wish I Was Here, which he directed and co-wrote with brother Adam Braff, tells the story of Aidan Bloom (Zach Braff). Bloom is an actor who is failing to find his purpose until he decides to homeschool his children. Braff also directed and starred in Garden State, the comedy that won a Grammy Award for its music, which Braff picked out himself.
With Braff’s extensive experience with comedy, both directing and starring in it, and his history of playing dysfunctional middle-aged men, Cheaper By the Dozen is guaranteed to be humorous with his depiction of the awkward and lovable Paul Baker.
Gabrielle Union is Zoey Baker
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Gabrielle Union plays Zoey Baker, the matriarch of the Baker family and wife to Paul Baker. Like Braff, Union has seen her fair share of comedic film and television roles. She played supporting roles in the romantic comedies 10 Things I Hate About You, She’s All That, and the drama Love & Basketball. These roles preceded her big break as Isis, the captain of the East Compton Clovers cheerleading team, in the comedy Bring It On directed by Peyton Reed. This role in a cult classic launched Union into her acting career.
Union starred as lead Evangeline “Eva” Dandridge in the 2003 romantic comedy directed by Gary Hardwick, Deliver Us From Eva. She played a prominent role in Bad Boys II, directed by Michael Bay, as DEA Special Agent Sydney “Syd” Burnet and Will Smith’s character’s love interest. Union’s part in Bad Boys II set her up for a two-season series, L.A.’s Finest, where Syd now works with the Los Angeles Police Department and is a partner to Detective Nancy McKenna (Jessica Alba).
Union’s other lead roles include her part as a psychiatric patient, Rachael, in the indie drama Neo Ned, directed by Van Fischer. She scored the main love interest role in Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls as an attorney hired to help Monty James (Idris Elba) win custody of his three daughters. Union held supporting roles in various films, such as the 2004 comedy Breaking All the Rules and the moving historical drama, Something the Lord Made. She worked with Tyler Perryagain in his 2012 film Good Deeds, co-starring as his fiance, and as “The Girl Who Wants the Ring” in Steve Harvey’s Think Like A Man.
In 2013, Union started leading her own show, created by Mara Brock Akil, called Being Mary Jane. The show ran for four full seasons and concluded with a one-episode final season. Union’s character, Mary Jane, is a TV news anchor, and the series follows her personal journey with family and romance and her professional career in news television.
Compared to Braff, Union’s screen experience has included more drama and romance, diversifying the genres she has worked within. Yet there’s no doubt as to her acting abilities and understanding of comedy, considering her list of films and television work. This reimagining of Mrs. Baker is new, exciting, and different with Union’s personal touch as a Black woman adding a new dimension to the story.
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Journee Brown is Deja Baker
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First up in our list of the Baker children is Deja Baker, played by Journee Brown. Cheaper By the Dozen marks what will be her biggest movie role thus far. She previously played a supporting character, Lena, in the 2018 drama Night Comes On, directed by Jordana Spiro. She also portrayed a younger version of Janae (Vicky Jeudy) in two episodes of Orange Is the New Black.
Kylie Rogers is Ella Baker
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Kylie Rogers plays Ella Baker, bringing her more extensive film experience to the family. Rogers has worked on numerous TV movies, The List, The Gates, and the 2014 horror Finders Keepers, to name a few. She has done brief, one-episode roles in television shows like Days of Our Lives, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Deadtime Stories. She played the recurring role of Millie in Once Upon a Time in Wonderland and as Minx Lawrence for all 13 episodes of The Whispers.
One of Rogers’s most notable roles is in the 2016 Miracles from Heaven, directed by Patricia Riggen and based on a true story, where Rogers played the miracle child, Anna Beam. More recently, Rogers has starred as a younger Beth in Yellowstone and as Izzy Lisko in Home Before Dark.
Andre Christopher Robinson is DJ Baker
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Playing DJ Baker is Andre Christopher Robinson, who is mostly known for his work in voice acting. Like Rogers, he’s been featured in singular episodes on multiple TV series, including Dragons: Race to the Edge, Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, and Stillwater.
Robinson has held bigger roles in voice acting projects as well. He voiced the long-term role of Donny McStuffins in the Disney Junior show Doc McStuffins and Cutter in the Netflix Original Series, Dragons: Rescue Riders, and the Peacock Original series, Dragons Rescue Riders: Heroes of the Sky. He scored a leading voice acting role in Netflix’s A Tale Dark and Grimm as Hansel, co-starring alongside Disney star Raini Rodriguez, who voiced Gretel. Additionally, Robinson led the Amazon Prime Original series, Niko and the Sword of Light, voicing the titular character, Niko. He also voiced the recurring role of Clyde in the five-season Nickelodeon show, The Loud House. Fans of these cartoons are in for an interesting treat as they see the versatile voice actor step in front of the camera for Cheaper By the Dozen.
Caylee Blosenski is Harley Baker
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Newer actress Caylee Blosenski plays Harley Baker. Blosenski previously worked on the thriller podcast series, Last Known Position, voicing the role of Marty/Martty Cavanaugh. According to IMDB, Cheaper By the Dozen is her first film.
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Aryan Simhadri is Haresh Baker
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Disney Channel actor Aryan Simhadri plays Haresh Baker in the Disney+ reboot. Like other child actors on this list, he began his acting career with small roles in episodes of TV shows, making features in SEAL Team, The Unicorn, and Will & Grace. He gained experience and greater prominence through working with Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and Nickelodeon.
Simhadri had the recurring role of Norvin in the Disney Channel interactive TV show, Just Roll With It. In the 2021 Disney Channel Original Movie Spin, directed by Manjari Makijany, he played the supporting role of Rohan, Rhea’s (Avantika Vandanapu) brother.
Simhadri has had two recent voice-acting roles. In the Disney Junior show Mira, Royal Detective, he voiced the recurring role of Dhruv, and he voiced Banky in the Nickelodeon and Paramount+ Original TV series, Adventures in Wonder Park.
With his significant experience in working with Disney, Simhadri is well-prepared for his role in Cheaper By the Dozen.
Leo Abelo Perry and Mykal-Michelle Harris are Luca Baker and Luna Baker
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One of the younger Bakers, Luca, is played by child actor Leo Abelo Perry. According to IMDB, Perry’s first role was in Black-ish, where he played a young Justin in one episode. He had another one-episode role in the FOX TV show, The Big Leap. Playing Luca Baker in Cheaper By the Dozen is Perry’s first casting in a major film.
Mykal-Michelle Harris is Luna Baker in this film. Aside from minor appearances in shows and short films, Harris found her place in Big Little Liesas the child version of Bonnie. She also played Madeline in three episodes of the Golden Globe-winning show, The Affair. Harris’s most recent, long-standing role was that of Santamonica Johnson in Mixed-ish, the TV series prequel to Black-ish. Harris comes with a recognizable experience in family comedy, fully equipped for her part in Cheaper By the Dozen.
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Christian Cote and Sebastian Cote are Bailey Baker and Bronx Baker
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Christian Cote plays Bailey Baker. Previous to this role, he starred in one episode of the Hulu horror anthology series Monsterland as George Keller. Cheaper By the Dozen is his film debut. Sebastian Cote takes on the part of Bronx Baker. Like his brother Christian Cote, Sebastian’s acting career has been fairly brief, limited to his starring in Monsterland in the same role of George Keller. Cheaper By the Dozen is his film debut.
Luke Prael is Seth Baker
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Luke Prael is Seth Baker and the final Baker child on this cast list. Prael began his work on-screen with the short film, Boy in a Backpack. He went on to play Aiden, the love interest of Kayla Day (Elsie Fisher), in Bo Burnham’s film Eighth Grade. Prael took the lead role in the 2018 horror Boarding School, directed by Boaz Yakin, as the troubled and tormented boy, Jacob Rathbone. Cheaper By the Dozen is his third full-length feature film.
Erika Christensen is Kate
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Playing Kate, Paul's ex-wife and free babysitter for the Bakers, is Erika Christensen. Christensen had her first recurring role in the historical sitcom, Thanks, as Abigail Winthrop. In 2000, she starred in the crime drama Traffic, directed by Steven Soderbergh, for which she individually won an MTV Award and won a Screen Actors Guild Award along with the entire cast.
Christensen notably worked on two other TV series, in Parenthood as Julia Braverman-Graham and Wicked City as Betty Beaumontaine. She co-starred with Mike Vogel as Leslie Strobel in the Jon Gunn-directed drama Case for Christ, and she recently had a supporting role in the HBO Max thriller Kimi, also directed by Steven Soderbergh.
Kate is an eccentric and quirky addition to the Baker tribe, showing the true chaos, and unique bonds, of blended families. Christensen’s film and television experience prove she is a worthy addition to the Cheaper By the Dozen reboot.
Who are the blonde twins in Cheaper by the Dozen?
Sebastian and Christian Cote are identical twins who star in the "Cheaper by the Dozen" reboot. "What I like about acting is you have different opportunities to go places and you see new people," Christian said.
What are the names of the kids in Cheaper by the Dozen 2022?
Ella and Harley Baker are the biological kids of Paul and Kate from their previous marriage. Ella is played by Kylie Rogers, and she is the social media star and influencer of the bunch. Harley, who is played by Caylee Blosenski, is in a wheelchair in the film, though the film never mentions how this occurred.
How many sets of twins are in Cheaper by the Dozen 2022?
With two sets of twins in the family and another pair as Paul's business managers, Cheaper By The Dozen undoubtedly has some great twin representation moments.
How many kids does Cheaper by the Dozen have 2022?
However, there are plenty of ways the 2022 version is different from 2003's Cheaper By the Dozen. For one, there is a difference in the number of children. 2022's film only has nine children, with a nephew and the parents allowing the family to equal 12 people.