Last month Sparks gave a first taster of Annette with new single "So May We Start", which featured vocals from Sparks, Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard and Simon Helberg.

Annette is written by Sparks and directed by Leos Carax, and will also see Belgian singer Angèle in her first acting role.

Sparks said of the musical last month, "Initially, we conceived Annette as another Sparks album. Yet this time it would be a narrative story that would consist of three main characters, a small enough ensemble that would allow us to also present the‘opera’ live on tour...The music, story and album were finished and ready to go, which is where the story takes a huge detour."

They added, "After meeting Leos at Cannes, we felt a real kinship, so we thought we would send him Annette, not expecting anything other than to show him what Sparks was currently up to. And lo and behold, he said he really liked the album and would like to consider it as his next project. We were happily surprised and elated at his reaction. As fans of Leos’ films, to now realise that he would be directing a film of ours was beyond our dreams."

Annette will be available via Amazon Prime Video in the US on 20 August.