Maria Bakalova was first seen in the 2017 comedy-drama film ‘XIIa’ directed by Magdalena Ralcheva. In 2018, she starred as ‘Yana’ in the Val Todorov-directed Bulgarian drama film, ‘Transgression.’ Bakalova received the ‘AltFF Alternative Film Festival Award’ for ‘Best Actress’ for her performance in the film. She next played the role of a young ‘Valentina’ in the 2019 Bulgarian drama film ‘The Father’ directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov. The film was selected as the Bulgarian entry for the Best International Feature Film at ‘93rd Academy Awards’ but failed to make it to the final cut. In 2020, she portrayed ‘Tutar Sagdiyev’ in the mockumentary comedy film ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’ directed by Jason Woliner. The film received a positive response from critics and holds an 85% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The following year, she played the role of ‘Sonja’ in the Vesela Kazakova and Mina Mileva-directed Bulgarian drama film, ‘Women Do Cry.’ The film premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and received positive reviews from critics upon release. In 2022, she starred as ‘Bee’ in the American black comedy slasher film ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’ directed by Halina Reijn. The film received critical acclaim and earned a 92% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Bakalova was last seen in the 2022 American comedy film ‘The Bubble’ directed by Judd Apatow. The film opened to a negative reception and sits on a 21% approval score on Rotten Tomatoes. Bakalova will be next seen in the upcoming American superhero film ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.’
After a problematic film role nearly destroys her career, Carol Cobb, an actress is offered a chance to revive it, by reprising the role of Dr Lacey Nightingale, in the sixth installment of a popular film franchise which was highly successful. She feels that her former castmates may have a grudge against her, since she had turned down the fifth film. Shortly after, the lives of the cast and crew of the film are turned upside down, when a pandemic is declared due to the Coronavirus situation, and chaos ensues worldwide.