Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga Star in ‘Passing’ Adaptation

By Sameer Rao Aug 07, 2018

The Hollywood Reporter noted yesterday (August 6) that Ruth Negga ("Loving") and Tessa Thompson ("Sorry to Bother You") will star in a film adaptation of Nella Larson’s "Passing."

Larson’s novel explores the practice of passing as a race different from one’s own. "Passing" focuses on childhood friends, Irene Redfield and Clare Kendry, who reconnect in adulthood. Kendry passes as White, but longs for connection with Redfield and her life in Harlem’s Black community. The friends’ obsession with one another pushes their lives together in ways that prove risky for both women.

The critical acclaim that "Passing" earned after its 1929 publication cemented Larson’s legacy among the most celebrated authors of the Harlem Renaissance.

Thompson, who is of Afro-Panamanian and Mexican descent, and Negga, the daughter of an Ethiopian man and Irish woman, will portray the pair at the center of the story. Rebecca Hall, a British actress of partial Black ancestry, will direct.