added: Wed, Dec 7th '16
He's the man who launched the McDonald's franchise. No, not Mac or Dick McDonald, the brothers who originally established the first McDonald's restaurant in San Bernardino, California in the early 1940s. The man we're talking about is Ray Kroc, a 52-year-old milkshake machine salesman from Illinois, who wheeled-and-dealed his way into purchasing a then-little-known fast-food hamburger restaurant and turning it into a worldwide phenomenon.
Michael Keaton portrays Ray Kroc in the upcoming 1950s-set drama "The Founder," which centers on the highly contentious business deal that Kroc had made with the McDonald brothers, played by "Parks and Rec" comedian Nick Offerman and "American Horror Story" and "Zodiac" actor John Carrol Lynch.
From John Lee Hancock, the director of "The Blind Side" and "Saving Mr. Banks," the film also stars Laura Dern, Linda Cardellini, Patrick Wilson, and B.J. Novak.
"The Founder" will have a special one-week Oscar-qualifying run in Los Angeles next week on December 16, before opening nationwide on January 20, 2017. In the meantime, check out a brand-new 60-second trailer, above.
THE FOUNDER is a drama that tells the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers' speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.
directed by John Lee Hancock
starring Michael Keaton, Laura Dern, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Linda Cardellini, Patrick Wilson, B.J. Novak
release date December 16, 2016 (Oscar-qualifying run), January 20, 2017 (wide)