July 31, 2013 8:27 am

Young stars land in Toronto for Disney Channel movie

Kelli Berglund from the show Lab Rats, pictured in June 2013.

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TORONTO — A slew of young stars from Nickelodeon and the Family Channel have descended on Toronto to work on a new movie.

Production began this week on Paris, a Disney Channel movie also titled How to Build a Better Boy.

It’s directed by Paul Hoen, who made 2010’s Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam in and around Toronto.

The movie follows a group of teens who steal an android prototype and program it to be a perfect boy — unaware that it’s armed with a nuclear weapon.

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Cameras will roll until early September.

The cast includes:

– China Anne McClain appeared on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and plays Chyna Parks on the Disney Channel series A.N.T. Farm. The 14-year-old is also recognized for playing Chris Rock’s daughter in the 2010 comedy Grown Ups and this summer’s Grown Ups 2.

– Noah Centineo, 14,has appeared several times on the popular Disney Channel series Austin & Ally and on shows like Shake It Up.

– Kelli Berglund, 17, is familiar to young people for her role as Bree Davenport on the Disney XD series Lab Rats.

– Matt Shively is one of the stars of Nickelodeon’s True Jackson, VP. On the big screen, the 22-year-old has appeared in last year’s Paranormal Activity 4 and Noobz. He also voices Sky on the Winx Club series. Shively has been sharing photos of his time in Toronto via Twitter.

– Ashley Argota, 20, plays Lulu on Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures and co-starred with Shively in True Jackson, VP. On Monday, she tweeted: “Why are there so many bees in Toronto? And why are all of them so mean?!?!?!!”

– Marshall Williams is a Winnipeg-born model and actor whose credits include guest spots on Saving Hope and Being Erica. He was also a finalist on two seasons of Canadian Idol.

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