Michael Keaton is sure on a roll.
The first trailer for The Founder, a film focused on the businessman that turned McDonald’s into the corporate behemoth that it is, has been released. The film stars Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc, the businessman that managed to wrestle McDonald’s into his control, in what I’m sure will be another exceptionally strong performance from Keaton.
While I’m not a huge fan of director John Lee Hancock’s work, I do have to say this film greatly interests me. It has such a promising premise, and a perfect role for Keaton to really sink his teeth into (and will be good evil businessmen practice for Keaton if he turns out to be Norman Osborn in Spider-Man: Homecoming like I hope he will). Keaton as been killing it lately, with his string of great films like Birdman, Spotlight, and now hopefully The Founder. Kroc looks to be the kind of character you hate to love and love to hate, in what looks like could be a fairly compelling story.
Kroc definitely made more than a few enemies on his way to the top, and stories like these are always interesting to me. I think the most comparable film in to this in terms of subject matter would be Fincher’s The Social Network, and if the final product turns out to be anything like that, consider me on board.
The film also stars Nick Offerman, Linda Cardellini, Laura Dern, BJ Novak, and John Caroll Lynch.
Check out the first trailer for The Founder here:
The Founder opens August 5th.
Written by Robert Siegel (BIG FAN), 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.