WATCH: Bryce Dallas Howard Stars in A Dog’s Way Home

Bryce Dallas Howard will steal your heart in her upcoming film A Dog’s Way Home.

In a PEOPLE exclusive trailer, the 37-year-old actress voices Bella, a dog determined to find her way back home after she gets lost from her owner.

Howard, who took care of a goat barn while raised by her director father Ron and mother Cheryl, tells PEOPLE she was inspired to take part in the film after A Dog’s Purpose helped her children grieve through the loss of their cat. [While A Dog’s Way Home isn’t a sequel to the 2017 film, they’re both based on books written by W. Bruce Cameron.]

“We saw A Dog’s Purpose before our cat died, and we intentionally watched it with our kids and it really, really helped,” the actress says.

While the mother of two says she was “a wreck” during that film, she reveals A Dog’s Way Home is much more of an “adventure” film.

“With this movie, it’s really emotional and it gets you,” she says. “But I would say it’s fun. There’s a lot of fun, there’s a lot of adventure. The movie is driven by the drive of this dog to find her way home and be reunited with her person. I think it’s really appropriate for younger kids.”

Howard shares two children with her husband, actor Seth Gabel: 11-year-old Theodore and 6-year-old Beatrice, both of whom can’t wait to see their mom’s new film.

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