Netflix has released the trailer for a new period drama set during the height of the Harlem Renaissance in late 1920s New York. “Passing”, which is based on the 1929 novel by Nella Larsen, will get a theatrical release in October before heading to Netflix globally on November 10th. The film tells the story of two Black women, Irene Redfield (Tessa Thompson) and Clare Kendry (Academy Award nominee Ruth Negga), who can “pass” as white but choose to live on opposite sides of the color line.
After a chance encounter reunites the former childhood friends one summer afternoon, Irene reluctantly allows Clare into her home, where she ingratiates herself to Irene’s husband (André Holland) and family, and soon her larger social circle as well. As their lives become more deeply intertwined, Irene finds her once-steady existence upended by Clare, and PASSING becomes a riveting examination of obsession, repression and the lies people tell themselves and others to protect their carefully constructed realities.
The film also stars André Holland, Alexander Skarsgård and is directed by Rebecca Hall.