Maria Bakalova Has Joined The Cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was supposed to be the first Marvel movie out of the gate going into Phase 4. Then a bunch of internet weirdos decided that they wanted to get James Gunn fired, and the film was put on the backburner indefinitely. This led to Warner Bros. hiring Gunn for The Suicide Squad and Disney eventually bringing Gunn back for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. We didn't hear much for a long time, but at the end of 2021, we got some casting confirmations, and in November 2021, Gunn confirmed that production had finally started. Gunn confirmed that production had ended in early May, but that doesn't mean that the casting announcements have stopped. Over the weekend, Gunn confirmed that he was bringing Daniela Melchior from The Suicide Squad into the Marvel universe. Variety has confirmed that another rising star has joined the Guardians ranks. Maria Bakalova, who absolutely took the world by storm for her role in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, also has a role in the film.

Maria Bakalova Has Joined The Cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Maria Bakalova arrives for amfAR Gala Los Angeles 2021 on November 4, 2021, in West Hollywood, CA. Editorial credit: DFree /

It's unclear who Bakalova will be playing in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but we know that this movie will be all about saying goodbye to this version of the Guardians of the Galaxy. He said as much back in January when they were right in the middle of production for this movie.

"This is the end for us, the last time people will see this team of Guardians," Gunn said. "It's big; it's so, so big and dark, and different from what people might be expecting it to be."

Dave Bautista Likely Won't Return After Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Guardians Galaxy Vol. 3 logo. Credit: Marvel

So it really isn't surprising that we're seeing a bunch of new names being added to the cast in unknown roles. We don't know what this section of the Marvel universe will look like post-Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The characters aren't going anywhere in the popular culture, though; not with Mission: Breakout in Disneyland and Cosmic Rewind open in Epcot, plus the Christmas special on the horizon.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, directed by James Gunn and starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Sylvester Stallone, Karen Gillan, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniela Melchior, and Will Poulter, opens in theaters May 5th, 2023.

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Kaitlyn is the Editor-in-Chief at Bleeding Cool. She loves movies, television, and comics. She's a member of the UFCA and the GALECA. Feminist. Writer. Nerd. Follow her on Twitter @katiesmovies and @safaiagem on Instagram.
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