The Star Wars films usually focus on the Skywalker family, with the films focusing on the exploits of Anakin, Luke, Leia, and later Ben Solo. However, “Andor” draws attention to another lineage – the family tree of Mothma. This includes Vel Sartha (Faye Marsey), a member of Luten Rael’s resistance network, and the rebel infiltration group Aldhani, who is later revealed to be Mon Mothma’s cousin.
Unlike Mon Mothma, who secretly aids the Rebel Alliance, Vel takes a more direct route, stealing large amounts of credits from the Imperial payroll with his crew in the sixth episode “The Eye”. She is successful, but unfortunately loses several members of her team in the process. She is later assigned to kill Cassian to make ends meet, which of course does not happen.
What Vel really wants to do is run away with his girlfriend Sinta Kaz (Varada Sethu). However, she is reminded that fighting the Empire must come before her own needs, showing how much she, like Mon Mothma, must sacrifice to serve the Rebel Alliance. According to Faye Marsey, Vel is an important character because she represents another step forward in terms of presentation. “People love who they love and I think it’s important that we don’t forget that and just normalize the norm.” she said /movie. “I think Star Wars is a great platform for that because it means so much to so many.”
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