Award-winning music video director, Dustin Marcellino, debuts his first feature film with a tale that depicts the love of family and passion to pursue one’s dreams. Scheduled for release in October 2013, "The Identical" features a powerful lineup cast of stars led by Ray Liotta ("Goodfellas", "Field of Dreams"), Ashley Judd ("Kiss the Girls", "Double Jeopardy", "Olympus Has Fallen"), Brian Geraghty ("The Hurt Locker", "Flight"), and Amanda Crew ("Final Destination 3", "jOBS"). The indie film also stars Joe Pantoliano ("Risky Business", "The Matrix"), Seth Green ("Family Guy", "Robot Chicken"), Erin Cottrell ("Love Comes Softly"), and in his acting debut, musician, Blake Rayne, in the dual role of Ryan Wade/Drexel Hemsley.
The story is set in 1936 during the time of the Great Depression, William Hemsley (Geraghty) and wife Helen (Crew) welcome identical twin boys. The impoverished couple’s joy fades with the painful realization that they cannot afford to raise the boys during this difficult time. After learning that evangelist Reece Wade (Liotta) and his wife Louise (Judd) are unable to conceive a child, William is convinced that the Lord is telling them to let the Wades have one of the boys.
The brothers, Drexel Helmsley and Ryan Wade, both grew up to be musically gifted. Drexel Helmsley is a rising star who impacts the world of music early in his career. His brother, Ryan Wade (Rayne, in a dual role) has struggled his entire life because his passion for music is at odds with what his father wants him to become – to follow his footsteps into the ministry. As an adult, his supportive wife (Cottrell) and close friends Dino & Avi (Green, Pantoliano) urge him to follow his own dreams and become a musician.
City of Peace Films (Yochanan Marcellino) and Identical Production Company work in tandem to turn this well-written screenplay (Howard Klausner) into a family movie that inspires love, hope, reconciliation and restoration. "The Identical" will treat movie-goers to a fascinating journey of family, finding life’s purpose and making dreams a reality.