JJ Abrams has distinct story and filming themes and motifs in his films. Some of those are likely to be utilized, while others will almost certainly not be utilized. Some of his familiar themes won't be utilized simply because he's only directing, not writing. Resurrection. At times Alias was a resurrection fest. Most of the time it worked for that because of the storyline being more comicbook-like. It would not work in Star Wars. Beyond Force Ghosts (or perhaps resurrected corporeal Force beings in a place like Mortis) we won't see cheap resurrection. Vader, Palpatine, not happening. This story has to be solid to protect the investment, and won't be cheapened. Coming of Age. This is a recurring theme in SW in general and I fully expect to see it. This is something that I think Abrams has handled extremely well in his productions as well. High pace action. At times Alias and even Star Trek are so high paced it's dizzying. This is often the purview of the director. We may very well see this. This is more about how the story is told than the story itself. While the dizzying pace is not classic SW it could work if applied correctly. Flashback/jumps in time. This will be limited by the story he gets, but he could still easily jump in time. This is not classic SW and I do not expect to see it. Lens flares. It is a common filming motif of Abrams. I'm not talking about brightness in the background (a la most lightsaber battles), but rather the overt light reflection on the camera. I don't think we see too much of it in Ep. VII, to be honest. It can look classy in the right setting, but generally SW hasn't relied on it too heavily and I think we'll see Abrams tone it down a bit. Epic panoramic shots at a faster pace than most other directors. I've noticed this in watching Abrams. He uses these grand shots, with a quick camera pace. It's especially noticeable in Star Trek. I could see this working, but I also would hope we get some of the classic panoramic holds a la David Lean. Overall I think we get Ep. VII directed by JJ Abrams more than JJ Abrams' Ep. VII. He has shown a strong ability to imitate and I think that may very well be the approach Kennedy, et al are looking for. He will probably imitate Lucas/Kershner/Marquand more than making his own stamp, though I'm sure it will have some of his stamp clearly on it.