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Watch Melissa Rivers Amazingly Transform Into Her Late Mother Joan Rivers In Jennifer Lawrence's Upcoming Film Joy!

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This is so spot on!

It's been just over a year since Joan Rivers passed away but she still lives on in our hearts — and soon on the big screen!

The late Fashion Police star appears briefly as a character in the upcoming film Joy, and she's played by none other than her daughter, Melissa Rivers!

Photos: Celebrate Joan's Life With Her Best Quotes & One-Liners HERE!

The film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, and there's a scene in the decades-spanning true story that has Jennifer's character Joy Mangano meeting an early 90s-era Joan.

When it came time to cast, director David O. Russell came up with the brilliant idea for Melissa to play her late mom in the movie!

The daughter of the legendary comedienne revealed to People that:

"I literally one day got a call saying David O. Russell would like to meet you. Huh? What?"

The 47-year-old thought long and hard about the role saying:

"I thought, 'Seriously when am I ever going to get to work with Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell?' I was like, 'Okay, I'm in.'"

Related: Find Out Where Melissa Scattered Joan's Ashes

As for that time that Joan threw some shade Lawrence's way, the Fashion Police cohost admitted:

"My mother had a couple lovely encounters with Bradley and she was a fan of Jen's even though there was a situation once at Fashion Police where someone said something and Jennifer didn't like it and kind of fired back. It wasn't my mother who said it and it kind of got lost in translation. The first thing Jennifer said was, 'Even though we had that disagreement that really had nothing to do with her, I was a huge fan,' and quoted back her favorite Fashion Police line ever to me: 'That dress is so ugly it looks like it would be good at math.' So here she is quoting my own show back to me, then she said to David, 'I'm so happy you brought me someone to play with!'"

Ultimately Melissa just hoped she honored her mother and captured her personality; she admitted:

"It didn't hit me until I got home what a huge emotional risk I took because I don't think any of them ever allowed me to go there. I did not want it to be an impersonation and I don't think it came off that way."

If you need proof of how perfectly she played her mom, thanks to Entertainment Tonight you can check out a clip of Melissa as Joan in Joy (below):

Make sure you catch Joy out when it hits theaters December 25 for the full performance!

[Image via 20th Century Fox/Entertainment Tonight/DJDM/WENN.]

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