Adult Swim has revealed the new voice actors for Rick and Morty in season 7 of the show, replacing former co-creator and voice actor Justin Roiland following alleged domestic violence charges that led to him being dropped from the series. Ian Cardoni is the new voice of Rick while Harry Belden will take on the role of Morty.
Prior to season 7’s reveal, Adult Swim confirmed that it has plans to recast Rick and Morty with soundalikes. This follows a lengthy trial with Roiland after the actor was accused of domestic violence and assault, though the charges were later dropped. However, Adult Swim had already parted ways with Roiland by then and its sights were set on hiring new voice actors for the roles.
Ian Cardoni appeared in a few short movies and made brief appearances on TV shows. It seems his most notable role was as a “Water Park Guest” in the 2010 Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups. Harry Belden also has a similar portfolio, appearing in only a few TV movies and series, notably a small role in Chicago Fire.
Adult Swim recently released a trailer for season 7 of Rick and Morty giving fans a glimpse at Cardoni and Belden’s soundalike performances as the main duo. For the most part, fans are pretty happy with their performances which seem to emulate the characters very well, though some criticism was aimed at Cardoni’s Rick who, according to listeners, could use a bit more gruff in his over-the-top screams.
Reviews have poured in for the first couple of episodes of season 7, with a few praising Cardoni and Belden’s performances, though most of the criticism seems to be pointed at the show’s writing which critics feel has taken a notable dip in quality. Roiland was also responsible for writing (and ad libing) most of his dialogue. As of writing, season 7 has a 60% approval rating on RottenTomatoes.