Originally posted on November 4, 2019. "Passing" is now out on Netflix.
The movie adaptation of "Passing," a novel by Harlem Renaissance author Nella Larsen, has been filming in and around historic Strivers' Row in recent days.
Directed by Rebecca Hall, the movie stars Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson as two Black childhood friends who meet as adults in 1920s Harlem after one has chosen to "pass" as white.
The movie's cast and crew took over all of W 138th Street between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevards on Monday before heading one block south the following day.
With only a smattering of vintage cars parked in front of stately row houses, the area was instantly transformed into a scene from the Harlem Renaissance.
The current release date for "Passing" is January 2020.