Cameras will start rolling next week for the filming of “The Founder,” the McDonald’s mogul biopic that’s shooting in downtown Douglasville, and extras are still needed.
“They are still casting for extras and would be delighted to get submissions,” said the movie’s publicist, Alex Worman. “People of all ages (may apply).”
“The Founder” tells the life story of Ray Kroc, a milkshake blender salesman from Illinois who met Dick and Mac McDonald in 1954 and turned the brothers’ burger business into a million-dollar empire.
Dick McDonald will be played by Nick Offerman, known for his role as Ron Swanson in the popular sitcom “Parks and Recreation." Kroc, who died in 1984, will be played by Michael Keaton under the direction of John Lee Hancock.
“Kroc strove to establish standard procedures for every task at the restaurant, applying the rigorous management and assembly-line orientation that innovators like Henry Ford had established in (the auto industry),” according to a Public Broadcasting Service biography on Kroc, which was part of a series titled, ‘Who made America?’ “After quarreling with the McDonald brothers, Kroc bought the business, including the name and the now famous golden arches logo, in 1961 for $2.7 million.”
McDonald’s actually started out in 1940 as “McDonald’s Bar-B-Q,” a drive-in restaurant with car hops in San Bernardino, California, according to McDonald’s website. In 1948, the McDonald brothers shut down their barbecue joint for three months and made some alterations. When it re-opened, the menu was reduced to nine items including the staple: a 15-cent hamburger, according to the company’s website.
Kroc opened his first McDonald’s April 15, 1955 in Des Plaines, Illinois, raking in a whopping $366.12 in first-day sales.
The facade of the burger joint, which was recently constructed downtown in the parking lot beside the old Douglasville Police Department, looks similar to Kroc’s first location. Members of the production crew have said that facade will serve as a set for multiple McDonald’s restaurants at different times and in several locations.
The attention-getting red and white tiled building with the golden arches was designed by architect Stanley Meston in 1952, according to the company’s website. “By 1965 there would be over 700 McDonald’s restaurants throughout the United States,”the website reads.
In 1958, McDonald’s celebrated selling its 100 millionth hamburger. In 1967, a year before the Big Mac was created, the corporation opened up its first international restaurants in Canada and Puerto Rico.
In 1975, the first McDonald’s drive-thru was created near a military base in Arizona to serve soldiers who weren’t permitted to get out of their cars while wearing fatigues, according to the website.
Today, there are more than 36,000 McDonald’s restaurants all over the world.
“The Founder” is expected to be released in November 2016, according to the Internet Movie Database.
Cast and crew will start filming next week and will occupy the parking lot through July 17. Streets to be closed for filming include:
• Church Street between Club Drive and Bowden Street to include the Bowden Street intersection
• West Courthouse Square
• East Courthouse Square
• Bowden Street between West Spring Street and East Courthouse Square
The street closings will take place on the following dates:
• June 11 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• June 12 from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.
• June 25 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• July 10 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.