Adult Swim has unveiled the trailer for season seven Rick and Morty and thus the show’s new voice talent for the titular main characters.
Below is the first trailer for the new season, which features voice actors replacing co-creator Justin Roiland, who was fired amid misconduct allegations.
In an unusual move, the network is keeping the identities of the new voice talents (yes, there are two, one for Rick and another for Morty) confidential until the show’s season premiere.
“We want the show to speak for itself,” said an Adult Swim insider. “We believe in the power of the season and our new voices and we want to preserve the viewing experience for fans.”
The Emmy-winning sci-fi comedy returns Sunday, October 15 at 11 p.m. Like previous recent seasons, the new season will contain 10 episodes.
The news comes after Roiland was ousted from the global hit in January – and also stripped of his lucrative deal – after being charged with misdemeanor domestic violence in Orange County, California. The allegations were quickly followed by revelations that Roiland allegedly sent abusive direct messages to a fan, a resurgence of previous problematic interview comments and accusations of workplace conduct issues. However, the criminal charges were dropped in March.
Adult Swim has long been looking for new “sound-alike” talent for the show’s titular characters. The network has assured that the characters themselves will remain unchanged. Dan Stevens has been tapped to star in another of Roiland’s animated series, Hulu’s Solar opposites.
An official description of season seven references the recasts: “Rick and Morty are back and sound more like themselves than ever! It’s season seven and the possibilities are endless: How’s Jerry doing? EVIL summer?! And will they ever go back to 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!”
Adult Swim points this out Rick and Morty was the top comedy on all of cable during seasons three, four, five and six. The series reached more than 19 million viewers on linear broadcast in 2022 and remains a top series on the streaming service Max. Rick and Morty has won two Emmys for outstanding animated program and is currently nominated for a third.