While I feel as though he is a safe, mostly reserved choice, he should do fine to get audiences comfortable with the initial film. I do hope he seriously only does one, and Disney returns to the original trilogy's setup, with a new director for each film. Hopefully we'll see an VIII by Neil Blomkamp. He has a passion and eye for sci-fi. And I think he could do as good, almost as good, as Irvin Kershner. No one could replace him, but I think Neil deserves the chance to really show off his director chops. He's a far superior director than Abrams, anyway. Sorry, but his films aren't exactly passionate and powerful as the original films are.