Charlton Heston will star in "Original Sin," a two-hour NBC-TV drama in which the Academy Award winner ("Ben Hur") will portray a major Mafia crime figure.

"Original Sin" comes on the heels of Heston's most recent TV project, "A Man for All Seasons" in which he plays Sir Thomas More with Vanessa Redgrave and John Gielgud.In "Original Sin" Heston will co-star with Ann Jillian, who plays the daughter-in-law of the Mafioso who uses his underworld connections to retrieve her kidnapped son.