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Michael Keaton’s ‘The Founder’ Moves to December for Awards Run

Story of McDonald’s franchiser leaves August date, will open wide in January

Michael Keaton‘s “The Founder” has been pushed from an August release to December — as the Weinstein Company’s film about golden arches is seeking golden trophies.

The story of Ray Kroc, the salesman who turned McDonald’s into a massive franchise and effectively cut out its founders, was set to open Aug. 5. It moves to Dec. 16 for a qualifying Oscar run, TheWrap has learned.

The Weinsteins will take the movie wide in January and focus on Keaton as a Best Actor front runner, an individual with knowledge of the campaign plans told TheWrap.

Keaton came incredibly close to winning Best Actor in 2015 for his comeback performance in Alejandro Inarritu’s “Birdman,” which took home Best Picture.

The film also stars Linda Cardellini and Laura Dern. John Lee Hancock is directing, based on a screenplay from Robert D. Siegel.

FilmNation Entertainment and the Combine produced the film.