Five Reasons Ben Barnes Should Play Newt Scamander
1) He’s no stranger to fantasy films. The Chronicles of Narnia, The Seventh Son, Stardust, Dorian Gray. He’s perfectly suited for the role. He knows how to portray fiction and make it believable.
2) He’s had his fair share of dealings with magical creatures. Being the king of Narnia gives you ample opportunity to interact with interesting beings, centaurs included.
3) He’s got a strong, confident presence. His characters may start out a little shaky, but they always gain the strength and bravery they need, both of which are necessary in dealing with magical creatures with varying degrees of danger.
4) He’s British. Obviously, that’s crucial.
5) He’s looks good in a suit. With Fantastic Beasts set in 1920s New York, Newt is going to be smack in the middle of Prohibition and speakeasies. He needs to be able to pull off a finely pressed suit.