How To Build A Better Boy
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Directed by Paul Hoen
Produced by Adam Kossack

Robin Schorr
Dan Seligman

Written by Jason Mayland
Starring China Anne McClain

Kelli Berglund
Marshall Williams

Cinematography David A. Makin
Distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Release date(s) August 15, 2014
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
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How to Build a Better Boy is an upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie directed by Paul Hoen and written by Jason Mayland. It stars China Anne McClainKelli Berglund and Marshall Williams.[1] The first images were shown during a promo for Disney Channel's Summer 2014, while the first promo aired on June 27, 2014 during the premiere of the Disney Channel Original Movie Zapped. The film is set to premiere on August 15, 2014.


High school sophomores Mae (Kelli Berglund) and Gabby (China Anne McClain) are super-smart, tech-savvy best friends who are outcasts at their school. When Mae is embarrassed at school by popular girl Nevaeh, Gabby offers to create a virtual boyfriend with just a few strokes of the keyboard and a wireless connection. What Mae and Gabby don’t realize, is that the computer they use is set up to generate a robotic super soldier, which they have inadvertently activated in the form of Albert (Marshall Williams), a macho yet sensitive super cute hunkalicious boy.


  • China Anne McClain as Gabby Harrison
  • Kelli Berglund as Mae Hartley
  • Marshall Williams as Albert Banks
  • Noah Centineo as Jaden Stark
  • Ashley Argota as Nevaeh Barnes
  • Matt Shively as Bart Hartley
  • Roger Bart as James Hartley
  • Sasha Clements as Marnie
  • Jessie Camacho as Tony
  • Beatriz Yuste as Mrs. Shapiro
  • Neil Whitely as Police Chief


The song is going to have two singles coming out, prior to the premiere of the film, Something Real by China Anne McClain & Kelli Berglund & Stand Out by Sabrina Carpetner.


  • This is the first DCOM that China & Kelli are in.
  • Ashley & Noah were both on Disney's Austin & Ally
  • Matt recently guest starred on Disney's Jessie.
  • Matt & Ashley worked together before in Nickelodeon's True Jackson V.P.
  • Kelli and Ashley subsequently worked together again in Lab Rats.

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