Ewan McGregor plays Dr. Alfred Jones, a scientist at the National Centre for Fisheries Excellence in London. He is approached by a mysterious sheikh with the crazy plan to introduce the sport of salmon fishing into the Yemen. He initially refuses but some British politicians pressure him to work on it.
The film is based on a novel of the same name by Paul Torday. The original novel was a long series of diaries by Jones regarding his work on the “Yemen Salmon Project”, along with memos, e-mails and letters that show off the absurdity of bureaucratic dysfunction.
Beyond McGregor, Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas are also in the movie.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is set for a March 2, 2012 theatrical release.