Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga will co-star in race drama Passing, the directorial debut of actor Rebecca Hall.

Rebecca Hall has been tapped to direct Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson in Passinga race-themed drama Hall also adapted from Nella Larsen’s Harlem Renaissance novella.

Passing follows the unexpected reunion of two high school friends, whose renewed acquaintance ignites a mutual obsession that threatens both of their carefully constructed realities.

Larsen’s story was first published in 1929 by Knopf and her exploration of race was informed by her own mixed racial heritage and the increasingly common practice of racial passing in the 1920s.

Hall’s acting credits include ChristineVicky Cristina BarcelonaFrost/Nixon, and The Dinner. Negga will be seen next on stage in Dublin at the Gate performing in Hamletand in James Gray’s Ad Astra. Thompson is in production on Men in Black 3 and will be seen next in Creed 2.

Margot Hand of Picture Films and Oren Moverman of Sight Unseen are set to produce, with Angela Robinson executive producing.