Tessa Thompson (Creed) and Ruth Negga (Loveless) are attached to star in the film Passing, an adaptation based on Nella Larsen’s 1920s Harlem Renaissance novel. It explores the practice of racial passing, a term used for a person classified as a member of one racial group who seeks to be accepted by a different racial group.

The 1929 novel Passing follows the surprise reunion of two high school friends, Clare Kendry (Negga) and Irene Redfield (Thompson), whose renewed friendship engenders a mutual obsession that threatens both of their carefully constructed realities.

Rebecca Hall wrote the script and will also take the helm in her feature directing debut. “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,” Hall said. “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.”

Thompson can currently be seen in the film Sorry to Bother You.  She is also filming for Men In Black 3, and will soon appear on the big screen opposite Michael B. Jordan in Creed 2. Negga appears in the AMC series Preacher and can be seen next in the upcoming sci-fi film Ad Astra with Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones.