McDonald's is the world's most formidable fast food franchise. It also happens to have been built on a mountain of lies. That, more or less, is the crux of the forthcoming film The Founder, which stars Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc, the visionary who stole the hamburger chain from its original owners, and turned it into an empire. Watch the trailer above.
The trailer provides what should be a longwinded overview in just under two minutes and thirty seconds: Ray Kroc was a roving milkshake machine salesman in the 1950s—yes, that was a real profession—and happened to stumble upon a diamond in the rough in McDonald's, a fledgling hamburger stand owned by two brothers in southern California. Long story short, Kroc becomes a business partner, but swindles the brothers out of their ownership by purchasing the land under every restaurant. (Ugh, capitalism). There's a lot of drama—as is expected with such a shady maneuver—acted out by a cast boasting the likes of Nick Offerman, Linda Cardellini, Laura Dern, BJ Novak and John Carroll Lynch.
John Lee Hancock directs the film, which is slated to release this summer, on August 5.