In 1954, Illinois traveling salesman Ray Kroc joined McDonalds, became its franchising agent, and in just seven years took control of the company away from founders Mac and Dick McDonald. How did he do it? Well, the new McDonalds biopic “The Founder” seeks to tell that story, with Oscar-nominated actor Michael Keaton starring as Kroc, and John Carroll Lynch and Nick Offerman as Mac and Dick respectively. It also stars Laura Dern, Patrick Wilson, Ric Reitz, Wilbur Fitzgerald, B.J. Novak, and Linda Cardellini. Watch the new trailer for the film above, which promises plenty of cutthroat business tactics, broken contracts (and hearts), and a compelling story about the rise of the “new American church.”
With “The Founder,” Michael Keaton continues his recent career renaissance after successful turns in two consecutive Best Picture winners “Birdman” and “Spotlight.” He first gained prominence in the early ’80s with successful comedic roles in “Mr. Mom” and “Johnny Dangerously,” but then became a major star after starring as the title role in two Tim Burton films: “Beetlejuice” and “Batman.” He was recently named the Officer of Order of Arts and Letters in France.
Directed by John Lee Hancock (“The Blind Side,” “Saving Mr. Banks), and written by former editor-in-chief of The Onion Robert D. Siegel (“The Wrestler,” “Big Fan”), “The Founder” was initially set to be released by The Weinstein Company on November 25, but has now been pushed up to August 5th.