The first photo from Frank, the new Irish comedy directed by Lenny Abrahamson and starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal, has been released.

Gyllenhaal, Fassbender (centre) and Gleeson are pictured on set in New Mexico, where filming started this week.

Frank tells the story of wannabe musician Jon (Gleeson), who throws in his lot with an electronic pop group, "led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Fassbender) and his terrifying sidekick Clara (Gyllenhaal)".

Written by Jon Ronson (The Men who Stare at Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Men who Stare at Goats), Frank is based on Ronson's memoir and is described as being "a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart".

Ronson previously played keyboards in the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band.

Sidebottom creator Sievey passed away in 2010.

The movie also stars Scoot McNairy (Argo, Killing Me Softly), musician Carla Azar (drummer on Jack White's Blunderbuss album) and French actor/musician Francois Civil.