Back in August of 2019, Bob Iger announced that there would be several reboots that would become exclusively available on Disney+, such as: Home Alone, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Night at the Museum, and Cheaper by the Dozen. Now it seems that casting for Cheaper by the Dozen is finally underway, and we at The Illuminerdi have a look at what’s to come.
2003’s Cheaper by the Dozen (which was in and of itself a remake of a 1950 film) starred Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt in the roles of Tom and Kate Baker, the parents of a extensive family. The newest reboot of Cheaper by the Dozen looks like it will be portraying not just a large family, but a large blended family. The family looks to be comprised of Paul Baker and his wife Zoey Baker, their children from their previous relationships and some of their own children.
A Modern Family in Cheaper By The Dozen
Paul Baker is a white man in his 40s who owns a restaurant. He gave up college and first began to work when his ex wife Kate became pregnant. He is married to Zoey and loves their boisterous life with their children. He is often daunted by the relationship Zoey’s ex has with her two children and feels like he doesn’t measure up to her previous husband.
Zoey Baker is an African-American woman in her 30s who helps Paul run his restaurant. She is supportive of Paul’s ambition for the restaurant, but feels strained as more of the burden is shifted onto her. She is resilient but feels like she doesn’t fit in their gated community.
While this biracial blended family is plenty large, there also seems to be an adopted Southeast Asian child, as well as a nephew that they bring in the mix. It’s great that Disney seems to be taking a much more modern and realistic look at what more and more families in the United States are starting to look like (albeit not quite as large).
It seems that not only will the movie be focusing on the chaos of a large family, but also the complexities of dealing with blending two families and the tensions and insecurities that can happen therein. It also looks as though they might touch on the biracial aspects of the family and the societal scrutiny it can come with, just based on the description of Zoey feeling like she doesn’t fit in.
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