Michael Keaton Starring in 'The Founder'

"The Founder" starring Michael Keaton is expected to film in downtown Douglasville on June 12. Local officials say a replica McDonald's will be constructed here for the film about the company's founder, Ray Kroc.

Disney is coming back to Douglasville to shoot scenes for an upcoming movie about McDonald's founder Ray Kroc.

According to Assistant City Manager Marcia Hampton, filmmakers will be in downtown Douglasville on June 12 to shoot scenes for "The Founder." The film is being directed by John Lee Hancock and stars Michael Keaton, according to the Internet Movie Database. Pre-production is set to begin this month with shooting starting mid-May in Atlanta.

"We will have a replica McDonald's downtown," Hampton said at Thursday's city council work session.

Local historian and Sentinel columnist Lisa Cooper is excited about Disney filmmakers coming to Douglasville.

"When I heard about the movie coming to town, I did a Google check and found out that the story will follow a similar line as the Facebook movie, "The Social Network" did in 2010," Cooper said. "I'm intrigued to find out the story behind the scenes regarding how Ray Kroc got control of the business. You can't say that McDonald's isn't part of our American history!"

But the story line isn't the only thing she is interested in.

"Knowing that Michael Keaton will be right here in Douglasville, I'll be walking around town a little bit more during the month of June," Cooper said.

This isn't the first time that Disney has filmed in Douglasville. Another Disney film “Million Dollar Arm” starring Jon Hamm from the television show “Mad Men,” filmed at sites around Thornton Road in July 2013. Other major projects that have filmed in Douglas County include the movies "Kill the Messenger" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay." 

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