Originally, the role of Ray Kroc from „The Founder“ Tom Hanks was offered, However, they refused. Filmmaker John Lee Hancock hit the zoom borne him directing task initially also from, but could then nevertheless be persuaded to read the script, whereupon he changed his mind and the film made its own. He approached Michael Keaton, to convince him, to take on the role of the protagonist. Michael Keaton looked to prepare for his role tons of video footage of Ray Kroc at, to imitate him convincingly can. He also spoke with members of the Kroc family and had also set a few kilos, around his body to the 1984 with 81 customize years late fast food prototype.
„The Founder“ tells the story of how McDonald's the world's largest fast-food chain climb. „The Founder“, So the founder, is McDonald's, would suggest different from the name of the fast food chain, not a member of the McDonald family. Instead, the resounding success of the brand with the yellow M Ray Kroc ascribable. The seller of Illinois is with Ethel Kroc (Laura Dern) married and enter into the '50s to the siblings Mac McDonald (John Carroll Lynch) and Dick McDonald (Nick Offerman) wonder. The two leading Southern California a Burger Company, has no plans, to enlarge beyond the borders of their own state out. However, Ray Kroc leads the company to a billion-strong sales and turns them into a global brand - and the brothers maneuvered in the course of this from their own business out.