EXCLUSIVE: Oscar nominee Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm) has joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a key position in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3, we are able to reveal.

Filming lately wrapped on the anticipated threequel, which can star Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Sylvester Stallone, Karen Gillan, Elizabeth Debicki, Will Poulter, Chuk Iwuji. As we revealed final week, The Suicide Squad breakout Daniela Melchior has also joined cast.

Gunn lately teased the involvement of an “unannounced actor” within the movie. That particular person isn’t Bakalova, we perceive. Her position is being saved underneath wraps.

While the superhero pic’s plot has been saved underneath wraps, previous installments have adopted the half-human, half-alien Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord (Pratt), and his gang of intergalactic criminals as they fend off numerous threats to their universe. Vol. 3 is ready to be the final in Gunn’s collection of Guardians movies.

Production on the Kevin Feige-produced Marvel film kicked off in November of 2021. Victoria Alonso, Louis D’Esposito, Nikolas Korda, Simon Hatt and Sara Smith are exec-producing, and David J. Grant and Lars P. Winther are serving as co-producers.

The first two movies within the collection—2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy and 2017’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2—collectively grossed greater than $1.6BN worldwide. Vol. 3 is slated to open on May 5, 2023.

Bulgarian actress Bakalova had her breakout when Sacha Baron Cohen solid her to play his daughter in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. The half would earn her robust notices and several other accolades, together with an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Upcoming initiatives embody A24’s Bodies Bodies Bodies, which garnered good opinions at SXSW, and The Honeymoon, on which she can be a producer. Her earlier credit embody Judd Apatow’s pandemic movie The Bubble and Women Do Cry, Last Call, Transgression, and The Father.

Bakalova is repped by CAA, Brookside Artist Management, and Insight Management & Production.

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