‘Borat 2’ Breakout Maria Bakalova Confirmed For ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy 3’ Role

Nearly two years since the release of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, and the thing people remember about it isn’t Sacha Baron Cohen. It’s Maria Bakalova, the breakout star who earned an Oscar nomination and has been sought-after ever since. And one of those who sought her out was James Gunn, for an apparent key role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Although the film has been wrapped for quite a while, we’re only just now learning that Bakalova is in the Marvel sequel. Deadline dropped the news today, which was then quickly confirmed by Gunn, who expressed dismay that he’d been beaten to the punch…


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Bakalova is just one of many new additions to the cast, including Will Poulter as Adam Warlock, plus The Suicide Squad‘s Daniela Melchior, and Peacemaker actor Chukwudi Iwuji. Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillen,the usual crew, are all coming back, as well.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 opens May 5th 2023.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.