About The Production
"The Founder" is a drama that tells the true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman
from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in
1950s Southern California. Impressed by the brothers' speedy system of making
the food at their San Bernardino hamburger stand and the crowds of patrons it
attracted, Kroc immediately saw franchise potential and maneuvered himself into
a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a
billion-dollar empire. And thus McDonald's was born.
Michael Keaton stars as the maverick American entrepreneur Ray Kroc, who
transformed McDonald's from a San Bernardino hamburger stand into a global
empire now with over 35,000 locations around the world.
Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch portray Dick and Mac McDonald, the
innovative brothers whose assembly line system brought industrial efficiency to
the preparation of their limited menu of burgers, fries, shakes and sodas during
dynamic period in post-war America when people were time-strapped and clamoring
Also starring are Laura Dern as Ray Kroc's first wife, Ethel, and Linda
Cardellini as Joan Smith, the wife of one of Ray's early franchisees who would
later marry the entrepreneur. Joining them are Patrick Wilson as Minnesota
restaurant owner and McDonald's franchisee Rollie Smith, and B.J. Novak as Harry
Sonneborn, the financial whiz whose franchising innovations led to Kroc being
able to wrest control of McDonald's from the founding brothers.
"The Founder" is directed by John Lee Hancock ("Saving Mr. Banks," "The Blind
Side"), based on an original screenplay by Robert Siegel ("The Wrestler"). The
film is produced by FilmNation's Aaron Ryder and The Combine's Don Handfield.
Behind the camera are a talented team of longtime Hancock collaborators led by
Oscar nominated director of photography John Schwartzman ("Jurassic World,"
"Saving Mr. Banks"), production designer Michael Corenblith ("Saving Mr. Banks,"
"The Blind Side"), costume designer Daniel Orlandi ("Jurassic World," "Saving
Mr. Banks"), and editor Robert Frazen ("Enough Said," "Synecdoche, New York").
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