Michael Keaton has certainly been choosing some interesting work of late, and seeing real results including an Academy Award® for Birdman (2014) and acclaim for his role in Spotlight (2016), which itself took the Academy Award® last year. He has followed that with The Founder, another based on truth tale, of canny salesman Ray Kroc (Keaton), who saw a golden opportunity and launched one of the world's largest brands.
The Founder looks at the creation of McDonald's, and sees Kroc as the Illinois businessman who saw something in the small restaurant owned and operated by brothers Richard 'Dick' McDonald (Nick Offerman) and Maurice 'Mac' McDonald (John Carroll Lynch) in the 1950s. He subtly manoeuvred himself into a position to take over the company, buying up the burgeoning chain for $2.7 million in 1961 and turning into the fast food behemoth we know today.
With a script by Robert D. Siegel (The Wrestler), The Founder also stars Laura Dern (Wild), Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring) and Linda Cardellini (Avengers: Age Of Ultron).
The Founder is out in cinemas now.