We also know the following:
* Several names were conspicuously absent from the announced list.
* The Expanded Universe has been Jossed. (TBH, we've known that was coming for some time.) The existing (now non-canonical) EU stories will be labeled "Legends."
* More casting news is to come.
Your thoughts on the news?
To quote Wash from Serenity, "Do we care? Are we caring about that?"
* From DenofGeek: "Some Thoughts on the Star Wars Episode VII Casting."
* From EW: "22 Immediate Reactions to the Star Wars Casting Announcement."
* From HitFix: "Gender Politics and the Casting of Star Wars."
* from io9: "Hey Star Wars - Where the Hell Are the Women?"