The latest trailer for the film adaptation of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen has been released, starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt.
Ewan McGregor stars as a fisheries scientist, who is roped into implementing the plans of an ambitious Yemeni Sheik (Amr Waked) to start salmon fishing in the Gulf state by the UK Prime Minister’s press secretary, played by Kristin Scott-Thomas. Although he feels that the project is absurd, he soon finds himself falling for the Sheik’s legal representative, played by The Adjustment Bureau‘s Emily Blunt.
Based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Paul Torday, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen has made the jump from page to screen with the help of Simon Beaufoy – who previously won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay with Slumdog Millionaire, which certainly bodes well for the film. In addition, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is produced by Paul Webster, who was also nominated for an Academy Award following his work on Atonement.
The trailer certainly seems to indicate that this film will give significant focus to the romantic sub-plot between the pair – which is perhaps unsurprising, coming from Dear John director, Lasse Hallström. However, since the novel was something of a political satire exploring the effects of media spin, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen has the potential for some intelligent comedy, as well as a rather charming love story.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen premièred at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year, but it isn’t scheduled to reach UK screens until 9th March 2012. Meanwhile, take a look at the latest trailer below: