For many of us, 2015 left a Parks and Recreation shaped hole in our hearts. Right next to it was an even bigger Nick Offerman shaped void. But fear no more, for the great Offerman shall be returning to the big screen in The Founder.

Following on from his previous film, Saving Mr. Banks, John Lee Hancock returns to direct a new feature – another biographical film – about the creation of the biggest fast food chain in the world: McDonalds. Offerman and John Carroll Lynch will be playing brothers Dick and Mac McDonald, respectively. Michael Keaton appears as Ray Kroc, the man who comes between them in an ultimately fortuitous (and incredibly lucrative) way, as he helps them build up their burger empire.

“There’s no doubt that Keaton has certainly been enjoying a surge in his career, with brilliant roles in Birdman – for which he was nominated for numerous awards, the Oscars included – and Spotlight. Let’s hope that this film aids him in his upward stride”

So far, not much has been revealed about the plot or the production process; however, given its November release date in the US, and the fact that the Weinstein Company is behind it, it seems as though The Founder will be hoping for an awards run. At the moment it is too early to tell if it will merely be a heart-warming, but ultimately forgotten, film during awards season, like Saving Mr. Banks, or if it really will get enough buzz to propel it to the Academy. Who knows? Maybe this time next year we could see Nick Offerman receive his first Academy Award nomination… Leslie would be so proud.

Sarah Quraishi

Image sourced from Parks and Recreation,  Deedle-Dee Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment, Universal Media Studios

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