Zach Braff Joins Gabrielle Union in Cheaper by the Dozen Remake

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Zach Braff and Gabrielle Union
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If you’ve been a fan of family comedies or Disney+, you’ll love the streaming service’s latest announcement! Zach Braff and Gabrielle Union will star in a 2021 remake of Cheaper by the Dozen exclusively on Disney+!

Another Cheaper by the Dozen Remake

Cheaper by the Dozen Remake
20th Century Studios

While Disney had recently announced that actress Gabrielle Union would star as the female as the lead in Cheaper by the Dozen, her fictional husband had yet to be revealed. Now fans know it’s none other than iconic Scrubs actor Zach Braff. He made the announcement via Instagram. “I dreamt I married @gabunion and had 12 kids. It came true!!!! Written by Kenya Barris!!!!! Let’s GO!” he wrote along with the screenshot of an article about the upcoming remake. Like many of Disney’s most recent films, the Dozen remake will be available exclusively on the company’s streaming service, Disney+.

Of course, Braff and Union will make quite the parenting duo trying to raise a multi-racial family of twelve children. Thankfully, both have the chops to bring both the laughs and the tears! Many will know Braff from his work on the iconic sitcom Scrubs, as well as dramas like The Comeback Trail with Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Tommy Lee Jones. Union, on the other hand, has been a mainstay since the ’90s. Over the years, she has appeared in everything from Bring It On and Bad Boys II to The Brothers and Think Like A Man. She’s done it all!

Still, all these announcements have some fans wondering: just how different will this be from the original Cheaper by the Dozen? Well, it really depends on what you mean by “original…”

Remembering The “Original”

Cheaper by the Dozen Remake
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Many Disney fans will remember the 2003 version of Cheaper by the Dozen, which starred Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt. Meanwhile, it also included a laundry list of child stars who would become massive later on, including Hillary Duff, Tom Welling, and Piper Perabo. Recently, the cast of the 2003 version of Dozen actually reunited to reprise their old roles, in order to raise money for the non-profit No Kid Hungry during the COVID-19 pandemic. How fantastic!

What many do not know, however, is that the 2003 version of Dozen was actually a remake in and of itself. That’s right! The original, titled the same, came out in 1950 and starred Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy. All of the films were based on the book of the same name, which tells the real-life story of “time and motion study and efficiency experts” Frank Bunker Gilbreth and Lillian Moller Gilbreth, and their twelve children. What a fascinating life they must have led. No wonder it’s been turned into a film not once, not twice, but three times now. Hopefully, this latest version of Cheaper by the Dozen will please audiences just as much as the first two incarnations!

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, People Magazine