Michael Keaton in Talks to Play McDonald’s Founder
Michael Keaton just won the Golden Globe for Best Actor for his performance in Birdman, and now he is reportedly in talks to take on the role of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc in an upcoming movie about the early days of McDonald’s.
According to The Telegraph, the movie is called The Founder, and it follows the story of how Ray Kroc, a milkshake salesman, met brothers and restaurateurs Mac and Dick McDonald and eventually came to turn their California burger business into the billion-dollar quick-service empire we know today.
The film is reportedly set to be directed by Saving Mr. Banks director John Lee Hancock, and will be written by Robert Siegel, who wrote 2008’s The Wrestler. The Founder does not sound like a particularly light-hearted movie, either. The Hollywood Reporter says the script is described as being dark and intense, and has been likened to The Social Network and There Will Be Blood.