Passing: Netflix Nabs Sundance Hit Passing, Starring Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga

Sundance Fest 2021: Netflix Nabs Passing Starring Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga


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Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to the Sundance title Passing, the directorial debut of Rebecca Hall that stars Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga.

Sources estimate the deal as being north of $15 million.

Based on the 1929 novel by by Harlem Renaissance author Nella Larsen, the movie follows two African-American women who can pass as white and choose to live on opposite sides of the color line in New York.

André Holland, Bill Camp and Alexander Skarsgard also star. Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker, Margot Hand and Hall produced.