This is the story of Ray Kroc, who took a small hamburger operation in 1950s Southern California and turned it into a fast food empire — and one of the most recognizable brand names in the world. The biopic, The Founder, which will tell the McDonald’s origin story, is already officially in the works, and will star Michael Keaton as McEmperor Ray Kroc.
While the movie is not set to come out until fall 2016, B.J. Novak (The Office, Saving Mr. Banks), Laura Dern (Jurassic Park, I Am Sam), and Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) have also signed on to join the cast of the fast food legacy movie, which will be directed by John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks, The Rookie), according to The Hollywood Reporter. Laura Dern has been cast as Ray Kroc’s wife, Ethel, while Nick Offerman will play Dick McDonald, who, along with his brother, Mac McDonald (John Carroll Lynch of Shutter Island and Zodiac), established the very first McDonald’s restaurant and later sold the booming corporation to Ray Kroc.
The IMDB entry for the film lists a November 2016 release date, where it is described simply as “the story of McDonald's founder, Ray Kroc.” It has been in production since March.