Ray Kroc grows McDonald’s from a burger joint into an empire in a new trailer for The Founder starring Michael Keaton. The film tells the story of Kroc’s contentious relationship with brothers Dick McDonald (Nick Offerman) and Mac McDonald (John Carrol Lynch) as they grew the business over decades.
Directed by John Lee Hancock (SAVING MR. BANKS), THE FOUNDER features the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling 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. Writer Robert Siegel (THE WRESTLER) details how Kroc maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire. The film also stars Laura Dern as Ray Kroc’s first wife Ethel; John Carroll Lynch as Mac McDonald and Nick Offerman as Dick McDonald.
The Founder was directed by John Lee Hancock and written by Robert D. Siegel. The first trailer for the film was released earlier this year, and it will be released in theaters on January 20, 2017.