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Michael Keaton May Star As McDonald's Magnate In 'The Founder'

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Michael Keaton poses for a portrait for during the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Maarten de Boer/Getty Images)

Actor Michael Keaton is in talks to star in "The Founder", the story of the rise of the McDonald's fast food empire.

John Lee Hancock will direct the drama, which is written by Robert Siegel, reports

"The Founder" tells the true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in the 1950s in southern California.

Kroc was impressed by the brothers' speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He manoeuvred himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.

Keaton reportedly met Hancock Monday and received an offer this week. He is still in talks to take on the role of Kroc.

The 63-year-old Sunday won the best actor award at the Golden Globes for his work in "Birdman".