Rebecca Hall will make her directorial debut for the adaption of 1920s Harlem Renaissance novel, Passing written by Nella Larsen. The novel follows a member of a racial group that seeks to be accepted by a different racial group.

Hall has also penned the script for the film adaption. Westworld star, Tessa Thompson and Oscar-nominated actress, Ruth Negga will star in the film.

In a statement, Rebecca Hall shared,

“Nella Larsen’s Passing is an astonishing book about 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, the responsibilities of motherhood, and the ways in which all of those forces intersect.”

She then added,

“I came across the novel at a time when I was trying to reckon creatively with some of my personal family history, and the mystery surrounding my bi-racial grandfather on my American mother’s side. In part, making this film is an exploration of that history, to which I’ve never really had access.”

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