Recording artist China Anne McClain and Kelli Berglund star as tech whizzes who computer-program the perfect boy and in the process trigger a national incident in How to Build a Better Boy, a Disney Channel Original Movie premiering Friday, August 15 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel.
AP science and math tests are no sweat for Gabby Harrison (McClain) and Mae Hartley (Berglund) but fitting in at school doesn’t come as naturally. So, using design software that belongs to Mae’s father, the girls engineer a high-definition version of Mae’s fake boyfriend, Albert, who she’s dreamt up as everything a high school girl could want in a guy. However, when Albert comes to life as an advanced robotic soldier, the two best friends soon learn that Mae’s father works for a top secret military branch, which is now in pursuit of Gabby and Mae, as well as Albert, to ensure he doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
How to Build a Better Boy also stars Marshall Williams as Albert; Noah Centineo as Mae’s crush, Jaden Stark; Ashley Argota as Mae’s arch-nemesis, Nevaeh Barnes; Matt Shively as Mae’s brother, Bart Hartley; and Roger Bart as Mae’s father, James Hartley.
Two songs will be released from the movie — ‘Something Real’ performed by China Anne McClain and Kelli Berglund, produced by Rock Mafia and written by Rock Mafia, Antonina Armato, Tim James, IN-Q, and Thomas Sturges; and ‘Stand Out’ performed by Sabrina Carpenter (of Disney Channel’s ‘Girl Meets World’), produced by Rune Westberg and written by Carpenter, Westberg and Stevie Scott. Both singles will be released by Walt Disney Records and available Tuesday, July 29 and Tuesday, August 12, respectively, on iTunes.
The multi-platform debut schedule includes the following:
MONDAY, AUGUST 11
How to Build a Better Boy will be available to verified WATCH Disney Channel users on WATCHDisneyChannel.com and the WATCH Disney Channel app for smartphones and tablets.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 15
Television premiere of How to Build a Better Boy at 8:00 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel with WATCH Disney Channel simulcast available to verified users on WATCHDisneyChannel.com and the WATCH Disney Channel app.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 16
How to Build a Better Boy available for purchase through Apple iTunes, Amazon Instant Video Store, Microsoft Xbox and Google Play.