In the Season 7 premiere of “Rick and Morty,” the voice actors replacing Justin Roiland have been revealed. Ian Cardoni is now the voice of Rick Sanchez, and Harry Belden is voicing Morty Smith. Their names appeared in the credits for the episode, and the opening credits did not feature the usual “Created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon,” only displaying the “Rick and Morty” logo. These new character voices were initially heard in the Season 7 trailer that debuted in September, but Adult Swim did not disclose the actors behind the voices at that time.
Notably, the decision to replace Justin Roiland came after he was fired by Adult Swim in January following charges of domestic violence. These charges were later dismissed by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office in March. Furthermore, in September, NBC published a report alleging Roiland’s involvement in luring and meeting young women, some of whom were underage, and an allegation of sexual assault. Roiland has denied these allegations through his attorney.
“Rick and Morty” follows the titular grandfather-grandson duo as they travel through the universe. In addition to the trailer, Adult Swim poked fun at the new voices in the logline for the upcoming season: “Rick and Morty are back and sounding more like themselves than ever,” the summary reads. “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” debuted in 2013 and has received critical acclaim. Season 7, premiering on Adult Swim on Oct. 15, will include 10 new episodes.
Roiland was also co-creator and lead voice actor on Hulu’s animated comedy series “Solar Opposites”; Dan Stevens has been announced as his replacement for the voice of the lead character Korvo.