Following just a few days after the death of Charlton Heston, who won an Oscar for playing "Ben-Hur", the son of director William Wyler is looking to make the original book by Lew Wallace into a mini-series.
This would mean it would include a lot of scenes that could never have fit into a theatrical release. And it would bring Judah Ben-Hur into Toobworld, of course. (Although he already exists in the Tooniverse, voiced by the late Heston.)
For the lead role, the producers are looking for an actor in his mid-20s to play Ben-Hur. I'm not sure if they would be looking for a younger Heston (who was in his mid-30s when he played the role), but I think they should look for somebody with the muscular build who could convincingly pull off the chariot race scene.
And while he might look good in the galley scenes, I don't think this is something that Chace Crawford should audition for.....