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Netflix Nears $16M Deal for ‘Passing’ With Tessa Thompson,

Passing Tessa Thompson Ruth Negga Rebecca Hall

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Netflix is nearing a $16 million deal to amass the rights to “Passing,” Rebecca Hall’s interval racial drama starring Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga that premiered within the U.S. Dramatic Competition, in line with two insiders with data of the deal.

Hall made her directorial debut on the movie that’s set in 1920s New York and stars Thompson and Negga as two Black ladies who’ve been in a position to “pass” as white on account of their lighter-colored pores and skin.

Hall additionally wrote the screenplay based mostly on a 1929 novel by Nella Larsen, and the movie is shot in a silky black and white. Bill Camp, Alexander Skarsgard and Andre Holland co-star.

TheWrap’s Carlos Aguilar referred to as the movie in his assessment “impressively refined and superbly acted” and in contrast Hall to a different actor turned director, Regina King, writing that “Hall arrives behind the camera fully formed as a storyteller handling thought-provoking subject matter with formidable aesthetic sensibilities.”

News of the potential deal follows Apple’s acquisition of  Sian Heder’s “CODA,” a few listening to woman in a deaf household who joins the college choir, which sparked a heavy bidding struggle leading to a whopping $25 million price ticket, far more than the $17.5 million that set a report final yr for “Palm Springs,” from Hulu and Neon.

“Passing” is produced by Forest Whitaker, Nina Yang Bongiovi, and Margot Hand.

The deal is being brokered by Endeavor Content.

Deadline first reported the information.

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