Michael Keaton to Lead McDonald's Empire Drama 'The Founder'
After picking up a much-deserved Best Actor nomination for his performance in Birdman today, Michael Keaton is now in talks for his next project. THR reports the former Batman star is negotiating for a lead role in The Founder, a film focusing on Ray Kroc (who Keaton would play in the film), a salesman from Illinois, who founded the fast food empire that pretty much everyone in the world knows as McDonald's. Back in December, The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock boarded the film which is described as having flares of both The Social Network and There Will Be Blood. Sounds like a juicy role for Keaton. Read on!
Now that Keaton has really embarked on the comeback I've been hoping that he would achieve, it's good to see him continuing with roles like this right out of the gate. There's a good chance that Keaton could even win the Oscar when the ceremony happens in February, and that will open even more doors for the actor too. Kroc is certainly an intense and fascinating guy who saw potential in Mac and Dick McDonald, who had their own burger join in Southern California, known for pumping out burgers fast. And that's where the concept of fast food basically began as Kroc bought the business and turned it into a franchise.