Celebrated actress Rebecca Hall has signed on to write and direct an adaptation of the Nella Larsen novella “Passing” and has snagged Tessa Thompson (“Thor: Ragnarok”) and Ruth Negga (“Preacher”) to star in it.
The story deals with the 1920s Harlem Renaissance and the practice of ‘racial passing’ when a person of one racial group seeks to be included in another racial group for acceptance.
The action follows two women struggling not just with what it meant to be black in America in 1929, but with gender conventions, the performance of femininity, the institution of marriage, and the responsibilities of motherhood.
Hall is joined by filmmaker Angela Robinson (“Professor Marston and the Wonder Women) who will serve as executive producer. No filming or release date is yet set.