I want someone who will be all about getting the characters, dialog and acting right first and foremost. That's the way Star Wars needs to prove itself again. We know it will look pretty, but we need someone willing to filter anything awkward from the script and direct it towards being a dramatic character work instead of a lazy, vapid FX spectacle. It needs to be a saga that becomes a classic itself if it is going to even go near doing the OT justice and proving that further Star Wars can still be culturally relevant and not totally parasitic on the fond memories of a 35-year-old trilogy. The franchise is currently on life support. Joss Whedon, IMO, is the one I would trust most to care most about getting the characterization and drama right. It would also likely not get watered down and kiddified under him. He also strikes me as someone who doesn't like having his work tonally messed with because the people bankrolling it want a goofier, lighthearted flick (see Joss completely walking off the 1992 Buffy movie). He certainly has a better ear for humor that is actually funny and smart than George's impression of what little kids like and how to sell more toys to them. Obviously, the post-modern humor and pop-culture references would need to be removed from his style, but his ability to handle fully-realized, serious drama amongst an ensemble cast in an epic fantasy setting is needed. And yes, the man can provide memorably tragic, rip-your-heart-out-and-stomp-on-it death scenes. He knows how to ring emotive performances out of his cast.