Miley Cyrus was left out of the Guardians of the Galaxy 3 cast and returned for the cosmic team’s final adventure in May.
The Wrecking Ball songstress voiced an artificial intelligence machine called Mainframe, which is part of Stakar Ogord’s, played by Sylvester Stallone, the Ravagers crew.
She was first cast in the role in Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
As per UNILAD, the director of the latest instalment James Gunn explained the reason behind the lack of her return in an answer to a fan’s query.
"Was Miley Cyrus not able to reprise her role from Guardians 2? Was that the same character?" asked a user on Twitter, to which Gunn simply replied: "Yes. Yes."
In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Cyrus’ voice is replaced by that of Tara Strong.
In an interview, James Gunn gushed about having the pop star lend her vocals for the small role, owing it to her inherently fun nature.
"I find her funny and likeable and sweet," he said of the Flowers singer to Buzzfeed. "I liked that she cared about the contestants. So I was like, 'I think she would be a funny person to have as a voice.'
"So we contacted her, and she said yes. She came in and recorded, and she was a delight to work with," he shared.
Mainframe’s role isn’t imperative to the film, however, she does end up with one-liners here and there.
In one particular scene with Stallone’s character, in which he mourned the death of Yonda at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Mainframe gushed: "I miss you guys so much."