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Keaton to play fast food mastermind

Michael Keaton is in talks to star in The Founder, about the rise of McDonald's.

The 63-year-old star, who won the best actor Golden Globe for his performance in Birdman, is in discussions to play Ray Kroc, the brains behind the fast food empire, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

John Lee Hancock is on board to direct the dark drama, said to be in the same vein as The Social Network and There Will Be Blood.

The Founder will tell the true story of how the Illinois salesman created the global empire after meeting brothers Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in fifties Southern California. Impressed with their speedy system of making food, he saw franchise potential and expanded the operation.

Michael is enjoying a career resurgence, following his Birdman performance. Next heard in Minions, he will star in Spotlight, about the Massachusetts Catholic sex abuse scandal. He's also in talks to join the cast of Skull Island.

Meanwhile, Steve Carell is the latest actor linked to The Big Short. Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale have already been attached to the financial recession drama, which is being developed by Brad Pitt.

The Foxcatcher star is tipped to play Steve Eisman, a money manager who shorted subprime mortgages for FrontPoint Partners in the big-screen adaptation of Michael Lewis' book.

Ryan is to portray Deutsche Bank trader Greg Lippmann. Dark Knight star Christian is expected to be cast as Michael Burry, the founder of the Scion Capital and one of the first people to predict the coming crisis, with Brad as Ben Hockett, a partner at Cornwall Capital.

In other big screen news, Bruce Willis is to play a "sociopath with no fear" in action-thriller Wake.

The Die Hard star will start shooting the movie with director John Pogue in Cleveland in February.

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