Adult Swim has unveiled the trailer for season seven of “Rick and Morty,” along with the revelation that new voice actors have been brought in to replace co-creator Justin Roiland, who was removed from the show due to allegations of misconduct.
In an unusual move, Adult Swim has decided to keep the identities of the new voice actors confidential until the season premiere. There will be separate actors for Rick and Morty.
An insider from Adult Swim explained the decision, saying, “We want the show to speak for itself. We believe in the strength of the season and our new voices, and we want to preserve the viewing experience for fans.”
The Emmy-winning sci-fi comedy series is set to return on Sunday, October 15, at 11 p.m., with a total of 10 episodes in the new season.
What happened to Justin Roiland?
This development follows Justin Roiland’s departure from the show earlier this year. He not only left “Rick and Morty” but also lost his lucrative overall deal with the network after facing charges of felony domestic abuse in Orange County, California. These charges were followed by allegations of abusive direct messages to a fan, along with past problematic interview comments and workplace behavior issues. However, the criminal charges were dropped in March.
Adult Swim has been actively searching for new voice talent to match the iconic characters of Rick and Morty, with assurances that the characters themselves will remain unchanged. Meanwhile, Dan Stevens has been selected to lead another animated series created by Roiland, “Solar Opposites,” which airs on Hulu.
The official description for season seven references the recasting and hints at exciting new developments: “Rick and Morty are back and sounding more like themselves than ever! It’s season seven, and the possibilities are endless: what’s up with Jerry? EVIL Summer?! And will they ever go back to the high school?! Maybe not! But let’s find out! There’s probably less piss than last season. Rick and Morty, 100 years! Or at least until season 10!”
“Rick and Morty” has been a standout success for Adult Swim, consistently ranking as the top comedy on cable during its recent seasons. The show reached over 19 million viewers on linear broadcast in 2022 and continues to be a popular series on the streaming service HBO Max. The series has also earned two Emmys for Outstanding Animated Program and is currently nominated for a third.