{Guest Post} Laura Nowlin's IF HE HAD BEEN WITH ME Fantasy Cast List

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Laura Nowlin holds a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Missouri State University. Her short stories have appeared in The Moon City Review and STEM. In addition to being ambitious writer Laura is also an avid reader who believes that books allow her to live many lives in one lifetime. When she isn’t at home agonizing over her own novels Laura works at the public library where the patrons give her plenty of inspiration for her writing. She lives in St. Louis with her musician husband, neurotic dog, and psychotic cat..

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Laura Nowlin's 
Fantasy Cast List

So this is a fantasy right? I get to pick whomever I want without the restraints of reality getting in the way of my fun? Excellent. Let’s roll the credits of my fantasy IF HE HAD BEEN WITH ME movie:


Teenage Kiera Knightly 

as Autumn Rose Davis

I’m not going to let that whole time/space continuum get in the way of my fantasy movie! Knightly has the sort of classically beautiful that face that stuns even the most jaded, and she has more than enough talent to play six Angsty Autumns! I can just hear her voice intoning “I know, I know, I know, I know. If he had been with me everything would have been different.” She was acting as a teenage, so a simple time machine will do the trick.

HRH Prince William of Wales (Circa 2001) 

as Phineas “Finny” Smith

Yes, you read that right. As a teenager I had a massively ridiculous crush on His Royal Highness, and it’s his adolescent self that I was imagining as I wrote this novel. So we must again use time my machine to go back and Prince-nap Wills when he had a full head of hair, give him some acting lessons, shoot the movie, and then return him before Scotland Yard notices.

Dakota Fanning 

as Sylvie Whitehouse

Fanning isn't just an incredible actress for her age, she's an incredible actress period. Sylvie is a complex character; on the outside she seems to have it all together, but on the inside there is a lot of pain and turmoil. Fanning has the subtly and talent to convey the storm below the surface. In real life I could even dream of having an actress of her caliber agree to a role with so little screen time, but this is my fantasy, and the distinction of being the first and only actress to play the love interest of a time traveling Prince has enticed her.

Laura Linney and Nicole Kidman 

as Angelina Smith and Claire Davis

“The Mothers” as they are often referred to in the book, have a yin and yang quality about them that I think these two actresses would achieve together. Kidman has a delicate beauty that makes her seem about to shatter at any moment, while Linney seems to have an inner strength she keeps in reserve. Once again, the historical nature of my fantasy movie is what made these accomplished actresses agree to portray a couple of suburban Moms.

There it is, my perfect and perfectly unachievable cast list. If anyone would like to do some Photoshop magic and create this movie poster for me, that would be awesome. Or you could maybe invent that time machine for me. Either way, I'd really appreciate it.

Laura, I wanted to make you a beautiful movie poster, but I couldn't get enough good pictures that could merge well and look natural.  So instead, I made character trading cards!  
These pictures were my favorites out of all the ones I went through because they didn't look "staged," but resembled the characters most!  
And I wanted to blend the tiara in better for Autumn's card, but I forgot to adjust my History in Photoshop on my new computer and wound up losing my ability to alter everything when I merged all my layers to play with blend modes... Eep!  I hope you like how everything came out anyway!


  1. I love this! The pictures you picked are absolutly perfect!

  2. I love it too much! I had to come back and type it again!

    1. I'm so glad! I was worried! It's too bad I couldn't get the same quality and tone for a movie cover. I really loved these images when I found them, though, and knew they were IT! :)

  3. This is really interesting.
    The cast is so well put together.
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