The first trailer for Ruth Negga's new film Passing has been released and it sees the Oscar-nominated Ethiopian-Irish actress play a black woman who passes herself off as white during the height of the Harlem Renaissance in late 1920s New York.

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The directorial debut of actress Rebecca Hall, Passing, which was shot in black and white, also stars Tessa Thompson, André Holland, Bill Camp, and Alexander Skarsgard and will be in Irish cinemas on October 29, followed by its release on Netflix on November 10.

Acclaimed on its premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, the film is adapted from the celebrated 1929 novel of the same name by Nella Larsen.

Rebecca Hall (right) on set with Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson

According to the Netflix statement, "the film tells the story of two Black women, Irene Redfield (Tessa Thompson) and Clare Kendry (Negga), who can "pass" as white but choose to live on opposite sides of the colour 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."