Justin Roiland’s Rick & Morty season 7 voice actor replacements will be kept a secret until the show’s premiere, says an Adult Swim “insider.”
- The identities of the new voice actors for Rick and Morty in season 7 will remain a mystery until the show’s premiere on October 15.
- According to an unnamed Adult Swim insider, the decision to keep the names secret is to allow the show to speak for itself and preserve the viewing experience for fans.
- The just-released season 7 trailer unveiled the new voices but did not disclose the actors behind them, adding to the anticipation for the upcoming season.
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Justin Roiland’s Rick & Morty season 7 voice actor replacements will be kept a secret until the show’s premiere. A co-creator of Adult Swim’s hugely popular sci-fi animated hit, Roiland was fired from his duties on the show early in 2023 after facing sexual misconduct allegations (criminal charges were later dropped). The move left the series’ future very much in doubt, as the fired co-creator was also responsible for voicing multiple characters, including the two leads. It was later revealed that the show would replace their out-going main voice actor with soundalikes, creating a new sense of anticipation – and worry – around season 7.
The just-released Rick and Morty season 7 trailer has finally revealed the new voices behind the show’s titular characters, but the owners of those voices will not have their names unveiled until the Adult Swim show returns. An unnamed Adult Swim “insider” told THR the news, explaining:
“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.”
Replacing Roiland Goes Beyond Hiring Soundalikes
The two new actors hired to play Rick and Morty may do a good job replicating Roiland’s voices for the characters, but there will be more to replacing the fired performer than just doing solid impersonations. Roiland in fact did a lot of improvising in the recording studio, creating off-the-cuff riffs that turned into classic Rick and Morty moments. The show’s new actors may have their characters’ voices down in a superficial sense, but it remains to be seen if they will bring the same outrageous improvisational energy to the show.
On the other hand, perhaps the loss of Roiland’s particular off-the-cuff approach to Rick & Morty will actually be a good thing for the show in the long-run. Headed into season 7, the series could perhaps benefit from a new way of doing things, and new performers bringing their own distinctive energies to the table. Even with its co-creator gone, the show still features a stable of strong writers, with Dan Harmon still leading the way (despite now having another show on-the-air in FOX’s Krapopolis). The owners of Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith’s new voices will finally be revealed when the show returns to Adult Swim on October 15.