Going into 2012, The Dark Knight Rises was easily the year’s most anticipated third part of a trilogy… until yesterday, when IFC announced that after a five-year break, the auteur R. Kelly has penned and co-directed a third installment of his legendary “hip-hopera” Trapped in the Closet. Between 2005 and 2007, Kelly, armed with only a single melody, created one of the most complex and downright batshit soap opera of this or any millennium, and now the singer will bring his twisted musical drama back to television later this year with 22 new chapters.
According to IFC, Kelly has reunited the original cast a half-decade later, ensuring there will finally be some closure for characters like Sylvester, Twan, Gwendolyn, the dwarf under the kitchen sink, and Pimp Lucius. The biggest questions remaining are if Michael Kenneth Williams, or Omar from The Wire, will return as James and if Will Oldham, or Bonnie “Prince” Billy, will make another cameo.
When we last heard from R., in Chapter 22, rumors were swirling that all of the beloved characters might have “the package,” thanks to Kelly’s twisted web of sexual liaisons. Watch IFC’s teaser for the next installments of Trapped in the Closet. Sadly, it’s compromised entirely of old footage: