French actor Gerard Depardieu is embracing his new life as a Russian citizen by setting up a number of business ventures in the country.

The Green Card star left his native France in 2012 amid a dispute over taxes and was later granted Russian citizenship.

Depardieu is now preparing to launch himself as an entrepreneur by opening a restaurant chain in Russia, named Gerard, and starting his own environmentally-friendly vodka brand. Reports suggest he is also working on a line of kitchen utensils.

The actor tells Russian news agency Itar-Tass of his booze brand, "This will be my first experience in producing heavy liquor, and I hope it will be successful."