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Written by DeWayne Hamby   
Friday, 05 December 2014 02:05 PM America/New_York

‘The Identical’ explores the power of calling

TheIdentical-SceneTwin musical prodigies separated at birth find common ground in the new feature film The Identical (City of Peace Films/Capitol Christian Distribution, $19.99), which released theatrically in the fall and is making its way to home video Jan. 13.

The movie stars Golden Globe nominees Ray Liotta (The Place Beyond the Pines, Goodfellas, Field of Dreams) and Ashley Judd (Divergent, Olympus Has Fallen, Dolphin Tale) along with newcomer music sensation Blake Rayne and Emmy-winning Seth Green (The Italian Job, Austin Powers).

Inspired by an original story from Wade Cummins and with the screenplay by Howard Klausner (Space Cowboys, The Grace Card), The Identical follows identical twin brothers (both played by Rayne) who are separated at birth during the Great Depression. Despite their different upbringings, the boys share a similar passion for music, causing their lives to intersect as they experience the powerful and mysterious connection often felt by twins.

Adopted by a preacher (Liotta) and his wife (Judd), Ryan Wade has a different vision for his life than his parents do; they want him to become a preacher. Instead, he chooses a music career, performing the music of Drexel Hemsley, an iconic 1950s’ rock star who resembles Elvis Presley. What Ryan doesn’t realize at the time is that Drexel is his twin brother.

Directed by Dustin Marcellino, the feature is produced by Mark G. Mathis (Precious), Yochanan Marcellino of City of Peace Films, Matthew Dean Russell, Coke Sams and Clarke Gallivan, along with Liotta, Michael Edious Johnson, and Yochanan Marcellino serving as executive producers.

Rayne’s film debut includes his performance of many of the original songs in the movie. The film’s soundtrack from City of Peace Media highlights more than 20 original songs by legendary Motown record producer Jerry Marcellino (Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Bobby Darin, Frankie Valli) and Yochanan Marcellino. In addition to Rayne, the soundtrack also features a stellar lineup of City of Peace Record’s recording artists, including The Morph Kings, Darcey and Mo, and the Ricky Reece Band. The music from the film represents three decades of pop, rock, R&B and bluegrass.

With the theme of fulfilling one’s life calling, the film received five Doves from The Dove Foundation and is approved for audiences aged 12 and up.

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