“Rick and Morty” has announced its return for Season 7 on Adult Swim, with the premiere set for October 15th at 11 p.m. However, the show has not yet disclosed the replacement for its lead voice actor and co-creator, Justin Roiland, who was removed from the network in January.
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The decision to sever ties with Roiland, who provided the voices for the show’s titular characters, was made by Adult Swim in response to domestic violence charges against him. This move left the animated mad scientist and grandson duo without their original voices. In July, “Rick and Morty” Executive Producer Steven Levy informed fans that the recasting process was in its final stages.
“We are nearing the conclusion of our recasting process, and I want to emphasize that it’s going to be fantastic,” stated Steven Levy during the 2023 San Diego Comic-Con. In response to a fan query about the new voices, he clarified, “They are sound-alikes. The characters remain the same characters. There’s no alteration.”
Hulu followed a similar path earlier in the year by removing Justin Roiland from his two series, “Solar Opposites” and “Koala Man,” due to domestic violence charges. However, in March, before Roiland’s second pre-trial, the charges against him were dismissed. A statement from the Orange County District Attorney’s office cited “insufficient evidence” to “prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt” as the reason for the dismissal.
After the case dismissal was announced, Roiland took to Twitter, stating, “I have always known that these claims were false… I’m still deeply affected by the false allegations made against me during this process.” He added, “I’m determined to move forward, focus on my creative projects, and restore my good name.”
Nonetheless, “Rick and Morty” continues with its upcoming season featuring 10 new episodes. Michael Ouweleen, president of Adult Swim, affirmed, “It’s happening. Thanks to the incredible talent of the entire show’s team, we can all anticipate 10 new episodes that once again set a high standard for comedy and animation. This season demonstrates that the brilliant minds behind ‘Rick and Morty’ are just getting started.”