The popular series Rick And Morty will no longer be going forward with Justin Roiland. Since the debut of the show back in 2013, Justin Roiland has been both co-creator and main voice actor of the show, providing the voice for both the Rick and Morty characters, among voicing a countless array of side characters. Adult Swim announced their decision on the official Rick And Morty Twitter account as a follow-up to Justin Roiland’s late charges of domestic felony abuse in Orange County, with plans to continue the show despite losing the voice of the main characters.
Adult Swim is still working through the 70-episode order of Rick And Morty, with many episodes pipelined for the future of the show, with talks of recasting Justin Roiland with another voice actor. Dan Harmon, fellow co-creator of Rick And Morty, is now set to become the lead showrunner for the Adult Swim series, with Justin Roiland still working on other projects such as Hulu’s Koala Man and Solar Opposites. However, as of writing and since Adult Swim’s announcement, Hulu has yet to make an official statement on the matter.
Justin Roiland’s Felony Charges Explained
It had been reported only weeks prior to the announcement of his firing that he had been charged with one count of domestic battery with corporal injury and another count of false imprisonment of menace, violence, fraud, and/or deceit during an incident in 2020 with a female he was dating who has gone unnamed. Justin Roiland pleaded as not guilty to these crimes and was released with a $50,000 bail in August of that same year, with his legal representation announcing that they were working on clearing his name from the charges.
Adult Swim has dropped the Rick And Morty co-creator as these charges were only recently brought to light, with Hulu possibly being next to cut ties with the creator and voice actor. The outcome of the charges will be in April of this year, and it seems that Adult Swim has no plans on bringing Justin Roiland back whether he is found guilty or not, with his creator and voice work for Hulu’s Solar Opposites and Koala Man being in the balance. However, it hasn’t been made transparently certain as of yet whether or not Justin Roiland will ever be welcomed back if he is found not guilty, just speculation when evaluating the controversy.
What Will Happen To Rick And Morty?
It seems that despite the charges against Justin Roiland, Adult Swim is still happy to go forward with Rick And Morty, and seemingly plans to simply recast the role. The voices that Justin Roiland is well known for producing have been heard by millions over the last ten years, so it may not be too difficult to find a good impersonator, with hundreds if not thousands of impressions being shared online. Original co-creator and writer Dan Harmon will be staying on to lead and help write for future Rick And Morty episodes, which should offer some hope to the fans that the only major change lined up for the franchise is the recasting of Justin Roiland.
Adult Swim has yet to confirm the official release date for the seventh season of Rick And Morty, as the next installment is expected to be released sometime this year, these new changes may or may not cause delays. The show is currently fixed to work its way up to a tenth season due to the high 70-episode order by Adult Swim, with no signs of the situation affecting the deal. Justin Roiland will still be credited as a co-creator of the show, and the voice actor taking on the roles of Rick, Morty, and possibly others has not yet been announced.