As the violence in Gaza and Israel intensifies, it has had a ripple effect in Hollywood. The fighting between Israel and Hamas is causing actors and creators to take sides and, in some cases, fueling intense debates and casting decisions as filmmakers push forward with movies and television projects related to the conflict. The war in the Middle East began in early May 2021, when Hamas, the Palestinian militant and political group, began firing rockets into Israel. Israel responded by launching air strikes on targets in Gaza. Since then, at least 230 people have been killed, including more than 200 Palestinians, according to the United Nations. It is not unusual for international political events to have an impact on Hollywood, as filmmakers and studios use creative works to engage in broader conversations about social and political issues. The war between Israel and Hamas has been no different, with some celebrities and entertainment industry figures using their platforms to take a side. Rapper Nicki Minaj has faced criticism for taking a pro-Israel stance, while musicians such as Rihanna, Drake, and Lady Gaga have used social media to call for peace and justice for the Palestinians. Meanwhile, Israel has been the subject of two recent films, “The Children of Heaven” and “Oslo,” which focus on the ongoing conflict in the region. The war is also being felt more directly within Hollywood. Actor Kumail Nanjiani recently revealed that he was dropped from a project after speaking out in favor of Palestinian rights on Twitter. And other actors have faced criticism—or even been dropped from projects—simply for having Middle Eastern heritage. It is unlikely that the conflict in the Middle East will come to an end any time soon, and its effect on Hollywood will continue to reverberate. Already, the war in Israel and Gaza is bringing up difficult conversations about representation, free speech, and politics in the entertainment industry. As Hollywood navigates these issues, it will be interesting to see how filmmakers and actors use creative works to address the conflict.