According to Variety, Universal Pictures has set Jodie Foster to star opposite Denzel Washington and Clive Owen in Inside Man, the Imagine Entertainment drama that will be directed by Spike Lee. Brian Grazer is producing.

Scripted by Russell Gewirtz, the drama pits a cop against a clever bank robber who's trying to pull off the perfect heist and finds himself in the middle of a hostage situation.

Foster will play a well-connected lawyer/power broker who is brought in to represent certain behind-the-scenes interests, complicating an already tense standoff. Pic will shoot in early summer.