A Fresh Start: Meet the New Voices Behind ‘Rick and Morty’ After Roiland’s Departure
The beloved animated series, “Rick and Morty,” has recently undergone a significant transformation, and fans are abuzz with anticipation as Ian Cardoni and Harry Belden step into the limelight as the new voices of the iconic duo. This exciting development follows the departure of star Justin Roiland due to legal issues surrounding domestic violence charges.
Change in the Guard: Ian Cardoni and Harry Belden Take the Helm
In a stunning revelation during the Season 7 premiere on Sunday night, Ian Cardoni was introduced as the voice behind the brilliant yet eccentric scientist, Rick Sanchez, while Harry Belden lent his voice to the ever-curious Morty Smith. This change brought a fresh perspective to the show, with the opening credits notably omitting the familiar “Created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon,” instead featuring only the iconic “Rick and Morty” logo.
Both Cardoni and Belden, previously lesser-known in the industry, now find themselves in the most prominent roles of their careers. Cardoni has had minor roles in films such as “Grown Ups” and “Clear History,” whereas Belden has made one-off appearances in TV shows like “Chicago Med” and “Joe Pera Talks with You.”
A Mysterious Reveal: Keeping Fans on Edge
Although the characters’ new voices were briefly featured in the Season 7 trailer, which debuted in September, Adult Swim remained tight-lipped about the individuals behind these voices. Screeners released before the season launch did not provide any credits at the end, leaving fans eagerly awaiting the big reveal.
Representatives for the show initially promised to unveil the voice actors’ names ahead of the Season 7 premiere on October 15. However, Adult Swim later changed course, announcing via email that they would maintain the actors’ identities as a secret until the east coast premiere on Sunday night.
The Controversy Surrounding Justin Roiland
The departure of Justin Roiland from “Rick and Morty” was prompted by his legal troubles. In January, he faced domestic violence charges, leading to his termination by Adult Swim. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office later dismissed the charges in March. Roiland, who was not only a co-creator of the show alongside Dan Harmon but also voiced several other characters, has since been embroiled in controversy.
In September, a report published by NBC alleged that Roiland had used his fame to engage with and meet young women, some of whom were underage. One woman even accused Roiland of sexual assault, although he vehemently denied these allegations through his attorney.
A New Era for “Rick and Morty
“Rick and Morty” has been a fan favorite since its debut in 2013, earning critical acclaim for its wit and creativity. As it enters its seventh season, set to premiere on Adult Swim on October 15, fans are in for a treat with ten new episodes.
Notably, Roiland was also the co-creator and lead voice actor in Hulu’s animated comedy series “Solar Opposites.” Dan Stevens has been announced as his replacement for the voice of lead character Korvo, marking yet another chapter in the evolving landscape of animated television.
In the world of “Rick and Morty,” possibilities are infinite, and as the tagline for the upcoming season suggests, “Rick and Morty are back and sounding more like themselves than ever.” While fans are eager to see how the new voices will take the show to new heights, the journey continues in the ever-enigmatic universe of the titular grandfather-grandson duo.
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