Pre req is to install passlib as Ansible doesn’t allow a cleartext password to e passed through the User module:

pip install passlib

Play book to update the username dave:

- hosts: all
  become: yes
    - name: Change user password
        name: dave
        update_password: always
        password: "{{ newpassword|password_hash('sha512') }}"

Run the playbook:

ansible-playbook -i hostfile change-password.yml --extra-vars newpassword=imanewpassword
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