The Galactic Empire will have its presence known as Chicago officials try to get Star Wars creator George Lucas to build his new museum there.
Members of the 501st Legion plan to show up at a public meeting held by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Museum Task Force at the Chicago Cultural Center.
The legion is a large international organization of Star Wars fans who dress up in authentic costumes.
Emanuel formed a task force to find a way to bring the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum to Chicago after plans in San Francisco fell through.
But for now they’ll be facing an army of stormtroopers who will be at its first public meeting.
City officials say they didn’t invite the stormtroopers, but they won’t be turned away either.
“I’m going to tell my troopers to do whatever the city wants,” said 501st Legion member Brian Troyan. “We’re soldiers on the front lines when it comes to promoting ‘Star Wars.’”