We’re really excited to be participating in the tour for Laura Nowlin’s book, If He Had Been With Me. The amazing (and really pretty) author joins us today with her dream cast, but first! Some deets about the book:
If he had been with me, he wouldn’t have died.
Throughout their whole childhood, Finn and Autumn were inseparable—they finished each other’s sentences, they knew just what to say when the other person was hurting. But one incident in middle school puts them in separate social worlds come high school, and Autumn has been happily dating James for the last 2 years. But she’s always wondered what if…
The night she’s about to get the answer is also one of terrible tragedy.
Sounds awesome, right? Here’s author Laura Nowlin with her fantasy cast:
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.
“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.
Laura Linney and Nicole Kidman as Angelina Smith and Claire Davis
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.
Isn’t she great? *nods* What even more epic win?
We’ve got a copy of If He Had Been With Me to give away! To enter, just leave us a comment and let us know your biggest “What If…”
Ends April 15 at 11:59pm EST and open to US Residents only. Good luck!