First Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ was a novel, then a play, then two silent films, two animated films, an Oscar-winning Best Picture, and a television miniseries. The story of Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince condemned to slavery in the time of Jesus has engaged and inspired us for almost 140 years. Next month a new version will come to theaters, starring “Boardwalk Empire’s” Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, and Rodrigo Santoro, produced by “The Bible’s” Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. We’ve uncovered some interesting behind-the scenes facts about Ben-Hur, from the Civil War general who wrote the novel to the blink-and-you-miss them stars appearing as extras in the 1925 version and how Charlton Heston, who won a Best Actor Oscar for the 1959 version found a way to return to the part one more time 44 years later. It is a timeless story of revenge and redemption, with a thrilling chariot race.