'Birdman' star could play Ray Kroc, the salesman who turned the burger chain into a global franchise
Michael Keaton is reportedly in talks to star in The Founder, a film about the meteoric rise of the McDonald’s fast food empire.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Keaton had a meeting with the film’s director, John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, Saving Mr Banks), earlier this week. The actor is now said to be eyeing up the role of Ray Kroc, the salesman from Illinois who spotted the potential in a small chain of burger restaurants run by Max and Dick McDonald in southern California and turned it into the world’s biggest fast food franchise.
The film, which has a script by Robert D Siegel (The Wrestler), is said to be similar in tone to The Social Network and There Will Be Blood.
Former Batman actor Keaton, 62, is currently enjoying something of a career revival and won a Golden Globe award on Sunday (January 11) for his performance as a faded Hollywood star on the comeback trail in Birdman. He is expected to be included on the Best Actor in a Leading Role shortlist when this year’s Oscar nominations are announced later today (January 15).