Syriana’s Amr Waked will play the Yemeni Sheikh who comes up with the barmy idea of trying to stock salmon in the desert. Salmon Fishing In the Yemen stars Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas. Shooting starts today for 9 weeks in London, Scotland, and Morocco. Lasse Hallström is directing and Paul Webster producing for Kudos. BBC Films, UK Film Council, and Lionsgate UK are co-financing. Lionsgate is handling international sales.

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