Director Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat) has turned his lens on the most unlikely of inspiring stories. As the trailer for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen debuts, we see the possibilities of achieving peace by introducing fly fishing in the Middle Eastern country. Ewan McGregor stars with Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas in the adaptation of Paul Torday’s book.
McGregor is the U.K.’s leading fisheries expert who is approached by a consultant (Blunt) to bring to life a dream of a Yemen-based sheik (Amr Waked). He wants to bring the sport of fly fishing to the desert. Immediately, McGregor dismisses it as ludicrous. Yet, when the Press Secretary for Britain’s Prime Minister (Thomas) grabs onto the idea as a “good will” story, Blunt and McGregor are on their way to Yemen to become literal fishes out of water.