Passing on Netflix: Release date, cast and trailer

Netflix has released the official trailer of its upcoming intimate drama movie ‘Passing’, which is set to premiere on the streaming platform in November. The film was acquired by Netflix at the Sundance Film Festival in January, 2021.

Release Date

‘Passing’ will be available for streaming from November 10, 2021.

Cast and Creators

Along with Tessa Thompson (Irene) and Ruth Negga (Clare Kendry), the movie also features:

  • André Holland
  • Bill Camp
  • Gbenga Akinnagbe
  • Antoinette Crowe-Legacy
  • Alexander Skarsgard

Director: Rebecca Haul


The official description reads:

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“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.”

Other details

“Passing” is Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut. It was critically praised at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2021, after which Netflix acquired its distribution rights. The movie is adapted from the 1929 Nella Larsen novel of the same name.


As evident by the official footage released, the movie will follow along with what lies are spun in order to protect one’s position in their life.

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