New Salmon Fishing Trailer Arrives

Ewan McGregor heads up the Yemen

Paul Torday's novel was published back in 2006, but it's been caught and reeled in by Lasse Hallstrom and Ewan McGregor, and now a new Salmon Fishing In The Yemen trailer has just gone live at Yahoo.

If you've not read the book, you'll need to know that this is the story of a Yemeni sheik (Amr Waked) who has the visionary plan to introduce - you guessed it - salmon fishing in the Yemen. Ewan McGregor is Fred Jones, a lowly fisheries scientist in the British government, who thinks the scheme is ludicrous, but has it forced upon him by the Prime Minister's super-keen press secretary Bridget Maxwell (Kristin Scott-Thomas).

On one level it's a satire of spin-centric, media-savvy politics, and on another it's a thoughtful measuring of different belief systems. The emphasis of this trailer, however, seems very much to be on the burgeoning lurrve between McGregor's dull bureaucrat and Emily Blunt's Harriet Chetwode-Talbot, who's acting as the sheikh's consultant on the project. The novel's written in epistolary form - as a collection of emails and diary entries and documents - but there's no sign of any attempt to replicate that here. Which is probably just as well, since it would probably involve voice-over, and voice-over is almost always rubbish.

Salmon Fishing In The Yemen is produced by Paul Webster (The Motorcycle Diaries, Atonement) with a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire). It was filmed in Scotland and Morocco, and it's out in the UK on March 9.