EXCLUSIVE: Noah Schnapp, of Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things, has been tapped for the title role in Abe, an indie drama that tells the story of Abraham, a 12-year-old boy with a passion for cooking who has never known a family dinner without arguments. Brazilian director Fernando Grostein Andrade (Wandering Heart, Quebrando o Tabu) is attached to direct the film, which is shooting in New York.

Abe, the son of a mixed marriage between a Jewish mother and Islamic father, aspires to unify his family by cooking a dinner. He learns how to cook with Chico, a Brazilian chef, who cooks acarajé in multi-cultural pop-up restaurants around Brooklyn.

Seu Jorge (City of God), Mark Margolis (Breaking Bad), and Dagmara Domińczyk (The Count of Monte Cristo ) co-star. Spray Filmes and Gullan are producing the pic while FJ Productions (Like Sunday Like Rain) is the US production partner.

Schnapp can next be seen as Will Byers on the hotly-anticipated second season of Stranger Things, which will be available to stream October 27. The first season was a break-out hit for Netflix and earned the cast a SAG award for best performance by an ensemble. Schnapp, repped by Innovative, Untitled and McKuin Frankel Whitehead, was the voice of Charlie Brown in Fox’s Peanuts from director Steve Martino and appeared in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies.