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Tens of thousands of years ago, people and wolves entered into a symbiotic partnership. New action drama Alpha tells one story of how once-wild animals were domesticated into the good doggos we know and love.

The first trailer for Alpha—directed by Albert Hughes (Menace II Society)—debuted via USA Today and shows humans living in a untamed time when sabretooth tigers still stalked the land. Kodi Smith-McPhee (X-Men: Apocalypse) plays lead character Keda, who gets injured while hunting and must learn to survive on his own. When the young man spares the life of a wolf that was hunting him, their relationship becomes something that humans and canines never did before. Alpha’s telling a fictionalized version of a real-world progression lost to history, which gives it a intriguing angle for a coming-of-age story.