Based on the true story of American entrepreneur Ray Kroc - who singlehandedly acquired the franchise rights to the McDonald's fast food resutrant chain in the mid-1950s - The Founder is an all new biographical-drama directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) with Michael Keaton (Spotlight) in the lead role. Featuring supporting turns from the likes of Hollywood heavyweights such as Laura Dern (Wild), Nick Offerman (Fargo), and Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring 2), Hancock's latest movie is all set to generate some awards season buzz following its theatrical release later this month - with the hopes of securing an Oscar nomination or two within reach.
Backed up by an original screenplay written by Robert Siegel (The Wrestler), The Founder already appears to be primed to offer fans of Keaton's latest string of Oscar-worthy performances (including turns in the last two Best Picture winners) another role to cherish and admire on the big screen. On that note, the latest feature length trailer for the new movie has just been released online with Keaton proving himself to be a persistent presence throughout.
In the footage featured above, The Weinstein Company offers potential viewers another look behind the curtain of all the legal intrigue and consumer competition soon to come in The Founder proper, with Keaton sitting front and center as former McDonald's CEO Ray Kroc. The latest footage offers plenty of stunning performances from its all-star cast, and should provide plenty of incentive to see the movie when it comes to appealing to audiences eager to see real life stories brought to life at the movies.
Granted, a lot of the drama depicted is fairly routine for this kind of motion picture, and anyone who saw The Blind Side undoubtedly remembers Hancock's dependence upon predictable, albeit emotionally comfortable, melodrama. Then again, Keaton has been on a hot streak in terms of the roles that he has taken on most recently, so maybe there's more than meets the eye to be seen in The Founder.
Hancock will probably generate some critical buzz following the release of The Founder, and it's hard to argue with Keaton's charismatic presence. Only time will tell how the new movie will ultimately be received at the box office by general audiences, so here's to hoping for the very best from the biographical drama about the foundation of McDonald's when it finally sees theatrical release.
Source: The Weinstein Company
- The Founder (2016) release date: Dec 16, 2016