'Passing': 5 things to know about Rebecca Hall's Netflix drama movie
Rebecca Hall's directorial debut 'Passing' is based on the novel of the same name and tells the story of two Black women navigating through life
After a successful world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Rebecca Hall’s highly anticipated drama movie ‘Passing’ is set to release on Netflix and fans cannot wait to see the movie that has been hailed as one of the best movies of 2021.
The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Nella Larsen from 1929 and revolves around the friendship of two Black women, Clare Kendry (Ruth Negga) and Irene Redfield (Tessa Thompson) who can “pass” as White but choose to live on the opposite side of the color line during the Harlem Renaissance. However, Irene’s life changes when Clare gets into her life and finds that her existence is being upended by Clare.
The film joins the elite list of Netflix original drama movies like ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’, ‘The Devil All the Time’, and ‘The Irishman’ that took the world by storm. If everything that has been said for Hall’s movie is true, then Netflix has another winner in its briefcase. Apart from that, the leading ladies are being considered to be frontrunners for the upcoming awards season as well.
Here’s everything we know about the movie.
When does ‘Passing’ release and where can you watch it
Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut ‘Passing’ will be streaming exclusively on Netflix on November 10, 2021. The streaming platform acquired the rights for approximately $16 million and will air the movie at 3:01 am EST. You can also watch it by signing up for the platform’s free trial. Apart from that, viewers can also opt for different subscription plans provided by the streaming giant. A premium plan that allows more people to watch the service on different screens simultaneously, costs $18 per month. Meanwhile, the basic US plan costs $9 per month.
What is ‘Passing’ all about
“Adapted from the celebrated 1929 novel of the same name by Nella Larsen, 'PASSING' 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 during the height of the Harlem Renaissance in late 1920s New York. 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.”
Who stars in the Netflix drama movie?
The upcoming drama film is being led by two of the powerful performers in Hollywood right now. Ruth Negga plays the role of Clare Kendry while Tessa Thompson portrays the character of Irene Redfield.
The Ethiopian-Irish actress made her screen debut in 2004 with the movie ‘Capital Letters’. In the same years, she also made her TV debut with the show ‘Doctors’. However, her moment of glory came in 2016 when she was cast as Mildred Loving in the movie ‘Loving’. Negga received rave reviews for her performance and was nominated for an Academy Award (Best Actress) as well. Since then, she has appeared in projects such as ‘Warcraft’, ‘Ad Astra’, ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and ‘Preacher’.
Thompson started her career on stage and acted in several theatre productions. She made her film debut in 2006 with ‘When a Stranger Calls’ and went on to make appearances in several movies. In 2014, she was praised for her acting in the movie ‘Dear White People’ and went on to gain wider recognition with ‘Selma’, for which she was nominated at the Critics’ Choice Awards. Since then, she garnered a lot of praise for her acting in projects like ‘Creed’, ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, ‘Annihilation’, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and ‘Men in Black: International’.
The rest of the cast includes Andre Holland as Brian Redfield, Alexander Skarsgard as John Bellew, Bill Camp as Hugh Wentworth, Gbenga Akinnagbe as Dave Freedland, and Ashley Ware Jenkins as Zu.
This is the first movie as a director for Rebecca Hall. The English actress is known for her roles in films such as ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’, ‘Frost/Nixon’, ‘Please Give’, ‘The Town’ and many more. Apart from directing the movie, the screenplay is also written by her. Hall, Forest Whitaker, Nina Yang Bongiovi, and Margot Hand are producing the drama flick.