Our Guardians Of The Galaxy 3 Exclusive Confirmed By James Gunn

James Gunn confirmed that Linda Cardellini will voice Lylla the otter in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.

By Nathan Kamal | Updated

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Another one of our exclusive scoops has been confirmed, as filmmaker James Gunn revealed today via Twitter that Linda Cardellini will be the voice of Lylla the Otter in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. We previously reported that our trusted and proven sources had clued us in that the Freaks and Geeks actress would be taking on a new role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, after having previously portrayed Laura Barton in several projects. 

This makes another Marvel confirmation for Giant Freakin Robot in recent weeks, after our scoops about the identity of Emilia Clarke’s character in Secret Invasion, Liv Tyler’s return as Betty Ross in Captain America: New World Order, and Adam Driver being in talks for the upcoming Fantastic Four movie. 

This particular confirmation about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 is accompanied by a brief clip of the movie, which shows a glimpse at the backstory of Rocket (Bradley Cooper), the angst-ridden cybernetically-enhanced raccoon who explores the stars in search of profit and hyperviolence (comics are fun, aren’t they?). In this scene, we see a young Rocket in what seems to be some kind of prison, along with several other talking animals who are being experimented on to unknown ends.

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One of these other prisoners is Lylla (Linda Cardellini), an otter-like being who seems to have a gentle heart and a way with people. She references some entity referred to as the Sire (which is not expounded on further, but likely Chukwudi Iwuji’s High Evolutionary) and decides to give herself a name. It seems that previously, she was referred to only as 89Q12, but decides to go by “Lylla.”

In addition to Rocket, Lylla is accompanied with a walrus and a rabbit, with all animals in various states of physical augmention; in particular, the rabbit seems particularly ill-used and covered in machine “enhancement.” The walrus (voiced by Asim Chaudhry) decides to call himself “Teefs” for fairly obvious reasons, while the rabbit (Mikaela Hoover) selects “Floor,” given that it is the surface she is lying on. 

For his part, Rocket decides to name himself thus because he dreams of one day building fantastic machines and travel space with his friends, which will indeed come true, though it seems like there will be a lot of pain before then. James Gunn has always had a strong tendency to balance his goofy sense of humor with dark moments of emotional turmoil, and it seems that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 will not change things for him.

It is also confirmed that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 will not change his habit of working with the same actors as often as possible. Of the four talking animals, only Asim Chaudhry (who recently appeared in Netflix’s The Sandman) is new to Gunn. Bradley Cooper has been part of the previous Guardians movies, Linda Cardellini appeared in his early movie Super, and Mikaela Hoover previously appeared in both the first Guardians movie and The Suicide Squad.

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