Salmon Fishing…filming starts

Commuters may have done a double take this morning as the cream of British acting talent shot scenes for a new film on the streets of London.

Kristin Scott Thomas, Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt were out and about filming romantic comedy Salmon Fishing In The Yemen.

The movie is an adaptation of Paul Torday’s novel, which tells the story of a government scientist called Dr Alfred Jones who is given the seemingly impossible task of introducing salmon into the Yemen wadis by a sheikh.

And given the political nature of the film, the cast were suitably attired in smart clothes to portray their parliamentarian characters.

Scott Thomas play Patricia Maxwell, the British Prime Minister’s spokesperson – an ever so slightly more glamorous version of spin doctors past and present, Alastair Campbell and Andy Coulson.

Her character decides the salmon introduction is the perfect news story for the area and puts Alfred in charge of the project’s success.

McGregor stars as Dr Jones while Emily Blunt plays the representative for the sheikh, who starts to fall for the scientist as they begin working together on the project.

The trio are in their second week of filming, and have previously shot scenes on Hampstead Heath and on the banks of the Thames, where McGregor was photographed showing off his fly fishing skills.

Salmon Fishing In The Yemen is due for release in 2012.

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