Gay rugby star Gareth Thomas, who'll be played by Mickey Rourke in an upcoming film, is scheduled to appear on Tuesday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“Rugby player GARETH THOMAS broke new ground when he became the first openly gay professional male athlete … in the world!” the show said in announcing Thomas' appearance.

Actor Mickey Rourke has confirmed rumors that he's considering playing the Welshman in an upcoming film.

According to the UK's Wales on Sunday, Thomas' agent, ex-Saracens winger Emanuele Palladino, has said filming could begin within the next 12 months.

“Mickey intends to get as close to the character as he can, as he thinks it is a great story,” Palladino said.

The 36-year-old Thomas first began talking about his coming out in 2009. In an interview with the UK's Daily Mail, he said he had his first male encounter at the age of 18 and told his teammates he was gay in 2006, shortly after divorcing his childhood sweetheart.

“I read the story,” Rourke told the BBC's Alan Carr. “To be a man who plays rugby who is gay and to live with that secret for the amount of years that Gareth had, to perform at the high level that he performed at, it takes a lot of courage.”