Rick & Morty Season 7 has officially announced its Adult Swim premiere date.
The sci-fi meta comedy will soon be back for Season 7 following the airing of the last episode, the Season 6 finale, in December 2022.
Rick & Morty is currently renewed through to Season 10, so there will be plenty more adventures to come. However, those stories will be told without co-creator and original star Justin Roiland, who is set to be recast for Season 7 after facing felony domestic violence charges.
Rick & Morty Season 7 Premiere Date Announced
The official Rick & Morty Twitter account previously confirmed the premiere date for Season 7 will be confirmed next week (beginning Monday, August 21).
Adult Swim has officially announced Rick & Morty Season 7 will premiere on Sunday, October 15 at 11 pm ET/8 pm PT.
The official Season 7 description - via The Hollywood Reporter - joked about how the characters "[sound] more like themselves than ever," poking fun at the controversy surrounding former Rick and Morty voice actor Justin Roiland who was recast for this season.
“Rick and Morty are back and sounding more like themselves than ever! It’s season seven, and the possibilities are endless: what’s up with Jerry? EVIL Summer?! And will they ever go back to the 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 president Michael Ouweleen promised the ten-episode season will "raise the bar for comedy and animation," even sharing his belief that the Rick and Morty team is "just getting started:
“It’s happening. Thanks to the talent of the entire show team, we can all enjoy 10 new episodes that yet again raise the bar for comedy and animation. This season proves that the geniuses at work on Rick and Morty are just getting started.”
Ouweleen may be trying to calm fears of how Roiland's departure from his role as Rick & Morty's lead and co-showrunner will impact future seasons.
The actor who will take over the roles of Rick, Morty, and many other fan favorites has yet to be announced, but Adult Swim was said to be seeking a "soundalike."
Legion's Dan Stevens tagged in for Roiland as Korvo in Season 4 of his other animated comedy Solar Opposites, making him one of the most speculated potential replacements among fans.
Previously, Adult Swim teased the release date announcement ahead of time with a promise of "Rick v. Rick Prime" in the upcoming season and even shared a short teaser trailer for what's to come:
When Will Rick & Morty Announce Justin Roiland's Replacement
As fans will know, Justin Roiland - the voice actor behind Rick, Morty, and many other characters - will be recast for Season 7, with all of his already-recorded lines for the upcoming episodes set to be redubbed ahead of the release.
The new voice actor replacing Roiland still hasn't been confirmed, but Adult Swim's confirmation of the premiere date indicates one has been cast and their voice lines recorded. So, it probably won't be long before fans discover who will be stepping in for Roiland as Rick, Morty, and his many other characters.
It seems likely Rick & Morty will reveal the identity of Roiland's illusive replacement in the not-too-distant future, especially as the Season 7 premiere is now confirmed to be under two months away and marketing will likely take a step up before then.
With regard to why Rick & Morty is holding off on the news of the voice actor replacement, the network may be trying to keep their identity as a surprise for the Season 7 premiere. Or, Adult Swim may simply be looking to keep discussion of the Roiland controversy out of the news to avoid any impact on viewership.
Rick & Morty Season 7 will premiere on Adult Swim on Sunday, October 15 at 11 pm ET/8 pm PT.