In a unanimous vote by the Los Angeles City Council, the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will become a reality just south of downtown LA!

The planned $1 billion George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is set to break ground early next year, with hopes of a 2021 opening.

The museum will be located in Exposition Park, just south of downtown, and will not cost taxpayers anything; Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, are footing the bill.

Lucas addressed the Los Angeles City Council stating:

“For a very brief time I actually grew up here,” said Lucas, who earned a degree in film from USC. “That’s where I learned movies. That’s where I learned my craft. Basically where I started my career was in school here.”

According to Variety:

The Lucas collection includes about 10,000 paintings, illustrations and other items, with works from Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth, Thomas Hart Benton and many others, along with mementos from many films, including “Star Wars.”

Among the items slated for the museum will be Luke Skywalker’s first light saber, Darth Vader’s helmet and items from the movies “Casablanca,” “The Ten Commandments” and “The Wizard of Oz.”