On January 12th, it was disclosed that Justin Roiland, the voice and co-creator of Rick and Morty, was facing domestic abuse charges and up to 7 years in prison if convicted.
Many fans of the hit Adult Swim animated series were fearing it would mean the end of the series.
Today, Adult Swim has let fans know that it would indeed be severing ties with Justin Roiland, the man who voices both star characters Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith. To fans’ relief, it also confirmed the series will live on.
‘Adult Swim’ confirmed it is severing ties with Justin Roiland
“Adult Swim has ended its association with Justin Roiland. Rick and Morty will continue. The talented and dedicated crew are hard at work on Season 7″, the network released in an official statement through its social media channels.
Despite other co-creator Dan Harmon staying on board until Season 10, it is obvious that Justin Roiland’s dismissal is the most impactful. The mere fact Roiland voiced Rick, Morty, Mr. Meseeks, Mr. Poopybutthole, and Mr. Always Wants to Be Hunted, amongst others leaves Adult Swim without the show’s ultimate voice actor.
How will Rick and Morty be voiced in Season 7?
Adult Swim has confirmed that there will be auditions for new voice actors to take over the roles of Rick and Morty. The network has faith in its writers and producers to keep the show going in all of its glory.
The question remains if the new voice talent will try to mimic Roiland or add a different cadence to the characters. The most likely solution is the first, although it remains to be seen after their casting calls and auditions are complete.