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George Lucas Museum Approved by LA City Council

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Filmmaker George Lucas, left, and his wife Mellody Hobson listen to remarks at a news conference outside Los Angeles City Hall on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. The Los Angeles City Council approved preliminary steps that will allow construction of the $1.5 billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Exposition Park in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

By    |   Wednesday, 28 Jun 2017 04:58 PM

The Los Angeles City Council has approved plans for a George Lucas museum that will house the "Star Wars" creator's art collection as well as concept art and props from that film and others.

“A long time ago in a city not so far away, two people had a dream for a museum, and we said from the beginning that the force was very strong here in Los Angeles,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said after the vote in a news conference, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The museum will be called the Museum of Narrative Art.

Lucas and wife Mellody Hobson will pay for the museum’s construction, set up a $400 million endowment for operational costs, and donate 20,000 artworks and memorabilia, the WSJ reported.

Lucas had previously considered Chicago and San Francisco as possible museum locations.

The project is estimated to cost $1 billion total, with groundbreaking scheduled for next year and a construction timeline of 36 months, according to Variety. The opening is expected to be in 2021. The museum site will be near USC where Lucas attended college.

Some of the items that will be displayed include Luke Skywalker’s first lightsaber, Darth Vader’s helmet, and items from “The Ten Commandments” and “The Wizard of Oz.”

“The goal of the museum is to inspire people to think outside the box ... to help build on the myths that help bind our city and our people together, and that is what I am hoping to do here,” Lucas told reporters, according to Variety.

Twitter users leaned as hard on "Star Wars" puns as the Los Angeles mayor did in his statement.

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The Los Angeles City Council has approved plans for a George Lucas museum that will house the "Star Wars" creator's art collection as well as concept art and props from that film and others.
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