First trailer for Marvel star Tessa Thompson's Netflix movie

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Netflix has unveiled the first trailer for Passing, an upcoming period drama featuring Preacher's Ruth Negga and Marvel star Tessa Thompson.

Adapted from Nella Larsen's novel of the same name, the movie follows Irene Redfield (Thompson) and Clare Kendry (Negga, who earned an Academy Award nomination for her role in Loving), two "white-passing" Black women who were once childhood friends, but drifted apart when they each decided to live on opposite sides of the colour line in 1920s New York.

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When a chance encounter reunites them, a suspicious-yet-intrigued Irene invites Clare into her home, where the latter gets close to Irene's husband (Moonlight's André Holland) and family.

Soon, Irene finds that Clare has made quite the impression on her own social circle too, and as their lives become more and more intertwined, her once-steady sense of self threatens to unravel.

"Passing becomes a riveting examination of obsession, repression and the lies people tell themselves and others to protect their carefully constructed realities," the official synopsis concludes.

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"[It] intimately uses the notion of 'passing' to explore not just racial identity but gender and the responsibilities of motherhood, sexuality and the performance of femininity."

Also starring Gbenga Akinnagbe, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, The Leftovers' Bill Camp and Big Little Lies' Alexander Skarsgård, the film marks the directorial debut of Godzilla vs Kong star Rebecca Hall, who also wrote the screenplay and is on board as screenwriter, too. Nina Yang Bongiovi, Margot Hand and Star Wars' Forest Whitaker produce alongside her.

Before it lands on Netflix worldwide on November 10, Passing will be released in UK cinemas on Friday, October 29.

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